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Thing 11 of 23–Mentorship

Throughout my career as a librarian, I have had mentors along the way.  The first formal mentoring relationship I experienced was during my time in library school.  The Illinois Library Association offered a mentoring program, and Jack Hurwitz, who was then the director of the Hinsdale Public Library, became my mentor.  He taught me a great deal about public library directorship, and although I have yet to experience that particular position, I have been a director in a large high school library, and in an academic library.  Those points that Jack shared with me translated into other types of libraries.

As my career has progressed, I have had the opportunity to work with outstanding people in the profession and have learned a great deal from them as our paths have crossed.  I currently have the privilege of working with some outstanding professionals at the State Library of Iowa, and they are both colleagues and role models.

I am now able to mentor other librarians and to develop programs for them that help them to expand and grow professionally.  It’s an extremely rewarding component of my work.

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