Looking for a mentor?

The Maryland Library Associaion’s Development of Emerging and Aspiring Librarians Group (DEAL) has partnered with the Special Libraries Association of Maryland and MLA’s Library Management Division (LMD) to offer “Speed Mentoring: Meet Your Professional Development ‘Match,’” at the West County Library of the Anne Arundel County Public Library System, from 5:30-8 pm on Wednesday, October 10.

How will it work, exactly?  If you’ve ever heard of the concept of “speed dating,” this program is similar, but instead of finding a prospective date, mentees will be in search of a prospective mentor to guide them in their budding career in the library and information profession.  Participants will hear a brief talk on the importance of networking, be introduced to the prospective mentors, and then, will then have a number of 3 minute discussions with various mentors.  At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to list some prospective mentors for future mentoring relationships beyond the program.

SLA-MD, DEAL, and LMD members have recruited mentors from public libraries, academic libraries, government libraries, law libraries, and even some professionals in non-traditional roles. Mentees will have a variety of mentors to choose from during this fast-paced, low-pressure, and yes, even FUN! program.

A light dinner and refreshments will be served.

MLA/SLA Members: $30
Non-Members: $40
Students: Reduced! Now only $10!

Interested in attending? Register here.

Have questions?  Contact Annette Haldeman, SLA Maryland Chapter, President-Elect/Program Chair: Mark DeJong, MLA DEAL, Chair; or Lindsay Sarin, MLA DEAL.

Accepting Nominations for MLA’s Annual Awards

We all work with people who are doing great things. Now is your chance to give them the recognition that they have earned! MLA is accepting nominations for several different awards through Wednesday, November 23.

Information about the awards, including a full list of awards, eligibility, and criteria, are available on the MLA website at the following URL: http://www.mdlib.org/about/awards/default.asp.

The nomination process is quick and easy. Nominations can be made using the following online form: http://www.mdlib.org/about/awards/nominate.asp.

Don’t let your gratitude go silent another day. Nominate a colleague now!