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Interview with Brenda Myc: Mentoring Committee Chair

Brenda Myc, UNYSLA’s new Mentoring Committee Chair, is revamping and organizing UNYSLA’s mentor program. Brenda has already begun promoting the program and has recently agreed to answer a few questions!

Why did you get involved with UNYSLA?

I got involved with UNYSLA because I believe it is important to give back to the profession as much as possible.

As the new mentorship committee chair, what plans do you have for this year?

I want to get the word out that there is a mentoring program with UNYSLA. Eventually I would like to expand the program to include the students of the library schools from our geographic region. Before we do that though we have to get the program going. There will always be people in need of mentors but there are few people who want to be mentors. I would like to encourage them to embrace the idea.

Do you have any words you would like to share with future mentors / mentees?

If you are someone with even a few years of professional experience I would ask that you become a mentor. Think back to when you were first learning how to handle your library or archive and the struggles and learning experiences you had when you were new in the field. I don’t know how many times I wish I had someone I could ask for professional advice outside of my library. Many times when you are hired to a library or archive you are the only person in the department especially in archives. Also many times in that capacity people expect you to know everything you need to know already and that is not always the case. I think the Mentoring Program is a great opportunity for experienced professionals to reach across the profession and advise others.

Our profession is rapidly changing and even what is taught in library school isĀ  a lot different then what was taught in the past. It may be true that even the mentees will have something to teach as well. I hope that by being in a mentor/mentee relationship we can build a stronger sense of family and unity between members of UNYSLA because when one of us succeeds we all succeed. Invest the time in each other become a mentor!

For more information or to sign up for the mentoring program, check out: UNYSLA Mentoring Opportunities and Students & New Librarians.

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