Posted on behalf of Alyssa Graybeal and Leah Brisco.


Dear Librarians and Information Professionals:


For the past eight years, the Professional Partnering Program (PPP), now the Professional Mentoring Program (PMP), sponsored by the Canadian Library Association Student Chapter at Dalhousie's School of Information Management, has provided an opportunity for library practitioners and information managers from a variety of organizations to share their experiences with students enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie. Since its inception, hundreds of students have participated in the program and gained valuable insights into the working life of practicing librarians, archivists and information professionals.


Participating professionals are matched with students with similar interests for the duration of the academic year. The program is very flexible, with each pair deciding on their own activities.  In previous years these activities have included resume and job hunting advice, meeting for coffee, tours of libraries and workplaces, and attending meetings and workshops together. There will be a reception to start the program and to give partners an opportunity to meet, and also a wind up event at the end of the winter term.


Spending time with students is a rewarding experience. It is always useful to keep in touch with what new librarians and information managers are thinking and learning, and to see the attitudes and interests they will be bringing to the workplace.


In the 2009-2010 academic year, the Professional Partnering Program paired more than 50 Dalhousie MLIS students with professionals working in both traditional and non-traditional workplaces and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. If you are interested in participating in the 2010-2011 Professional Partnering Program, please complete the attached participation form (in either format, PDF or Word) and return it to the Dalhousie CLA Student Chapter.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the CLA Student Chapter at [log in to unmask].



Thank you,


Alyssa Graybeal and Leah Brisco


Co-chairs, Canadian Library Association Student Chapter

Donna Bourne-Tyson
University Librarian
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS  B3M 2J6
P: (902) 457-6108  F: (902) 457-6445
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