Mentorship Program

MLIS Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program Overview

The transition to graduate school can take time and may bring unexpected changes and new problems to navigate in your life. St Catherine University has a wealth of services available to students. An MLIS peer mentor serves as a resource—a helping hand, a sounding board, a referral service— to provide both personal and professional support for students in the early stages of the MLIS program.

Goals:

  • Connect new students and advanced students in the program
  • Make the transition to grad school easier
  • Give new students a resource for navigating St. Kate’s, the MLIS program, and the Twin Cities library community

Qualifications:

  • Mentor: Completed at least 12 credits in the program
  • Mentees: First semester, or completed less than 12 credits

Expectations:

This is a mentee-driven relationship. It is the mentee’s responsibility to schedule meetings or conversations, and to direct questions and concerns to the mentor.

  • Check-ins once a month, minimum. This can be in person or virtual.
  • Maximum time commitment: 1 hour/week
  • Duration:  One semester, but may be renewed.

Wondering what you would talk about? Here are some ideas: 

Topics Sample Questions
Classes/ Professors
  • What are your favorite classes?  Why?
  • Who are you favorite teachers?  Why?
Academic Success
  • I’ve never written an academic paper.
  • I don’t know how to cite.
  • I’m afraid of giving presentations.
  • I just got a C/D/F on an assignment!  What do I do?
  • I have a learning disability.
Work/School/Life balance
  • How can I possibly get all of this done?
Technology
  • I don’t know how to use the Google workspace, D2L, Powerpoint/Slides, etc.
St. Kate’s
  • Where’s the cafeteria/gift shop/post office? Why are they never open?
  • What’s this University all about anyway?  What’s this social justice theme I keep hearing about?
MLIS Program
  • How many students are in the program?
  • Did they say there was a blog or a newsletter or something for the program?
  • I have this great idea for a LIS type project, but I can’t make it fit into a course.  What should I do? Are there resources to help me make it happen?
  • I found this cool class at Generic University that would really help me reach my goals.  Can I transfer graduate credits into this program?
  • How do I find a work study/GA opportunity?
Student Groups
  • What are students groups and why should I join?
Professional Groups
  • I want to get involved in a professional group, where should I start?
Money
  • How do I apply for extracurricular reimbursement? (SGO funds for conferences, etc)
  • How do I pay for all this?
Internships & Jobs
  • How do I find an internship?
  • I need a job (or a new job).
  • I need help with my resume or cover letter.
LIS Career Path
  • I know I love information and libraries and research (etc, etc,) but I don’t know what I want to do with it… or What else can I do with an MLIS besides work in a public library?
Twin Cities I’m new to the area and I don’t know where to go for:

  • Groceries or general shopping or entertainment
  • To work out/exercise
  • To see a doctor/therapist
  • Bank or Post Office
  • Find a babysitter

As of spring semester 2017, we are piloting this program. If you have questions or an interest in participating, please email lissgo@gmail.com

Current mentors: Find resources here.

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