Practice Article

Building Relationships With the Library Publishing Coalition Peer Mentorship Program

Authors
  • Amanda A Hurford (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana)
  • Chelsea Johnston
  • Ally Laird (Penn State University)

Abstract

Introduction: In 2018, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) Professional Development Committee (PDC) created the Peer Mentorship Program as a way for library publishing practitioners to build professional relationships within the LPC community and support the development of professionals in the library publishing field. This program was created to help fill the gap in library publishing mentorship resources, in both programs and published literature. 

Description of Program: The LPC Mentorship Program was created in 2018 as a traditional mentor/mentee mentorship relationship, but it has undergone iterations each year since, resulting in the current Peer Mentorship Program. Additionally, more structure and support for mentorship pairs have been developed and made available each year, thanks to helpful feedback from mid-year and end-of-year participant survey responses. 

Next Steps: This article identifies ways in which further outreach should be conducted to diversify and expand participants of the Peer Mentorship Program, and also to help support the work needed to sustain a program like this. Finally, suggestions are made for further research and literature to be made available to support the growing need for mentorship in the library publishing field.

Keywords: mentorship, peer mentorship, library publishing, Library Publishing Coalition, LPC Peer Mentorship Program

How to Cite: Hurford, A.A., Johnston, C. & Laird, A. (2023). Building Relationships With the Library Publishing Coalition Peer Mentorship Program. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 11(1), eP15607. https:// doi.org/10.31274/jlsc.15607

Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). License: CC BY 4.0

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Published on
28 Aug 2023
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