Evaluation of transitional mentoring for new library and information professionals. What are the professional and personal outcomes for the participants?

Hallam, Gillian and Newton-Smith, Carol (2006) Evaluation of transitional mentoring for new library and information professionals. What are the professional and personal outcomes for the participants?. Library Management, 27 3: 154-167. doi:10.1108/01435120610652905


Author Hallam, Gillian
Newton-Smith, Carol
Title Evaluation of transitional mentoring for new library and information professionals. What are the professional and personal outcomes for the participants?
Journal name Library Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-5124
Publication date 2006-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/01435120610652905
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 154
End page 167
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Publishing
Formatted abstract
Purpose: To present the findings of the comparative evaluation of two transitional mentoring programs developed for new library and information professionals in Australia, one as a group program and the other with pairs of mentors/mentees.

Design/methodology/approach: The research project involved an initial review of the literature. A comparative study was undertaken, with a survey approach to collect data from the participants in the transitional mentoring programs. The study obtained data about three key areas: Career-related, learning-related, and professional development.

Findings: It was found that participants had a high level of satisfaction with both the programs and both mentor and mentee reported positive career, learning and personal development outcomes.

Research limitations/implications:
The study was limited to one year of transitional mentoring activity for one professional field in Australia. It would be beneficial to continue the study over a longer period of time to collect further data from other participants.

Practical implications: The research project highlights evaluation of mentoring programs. The project has helped develop an initial understanding of benefits to be gained through mentoring relationships to support new professionals. The study is likely to have wider application across other professional disciplines and may encourage professionals to consider mentoring as a valuable part of career development.

Originality/value:
The paper provides information about two different models of transitional mentoring programs, together with one possible approach for the evaluation of mentoring programs. The paper offers support and encouragement to any professional group planning to establish and manage a mentoring program.
Keyword Australia
Career development
Information management
Library management
Mentoring
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: University of Queensland Library Staff Publications and Presentations
 
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