Mentoring News

Short Term or Project-Based Mentoring Opportunities

Would you like to bounce an idea off of a peer? Are you working on a project? We have two mentors who are available for short-term or project-based conversations. One of them has experience with Career/Recruitment and Hiring, Collection Development, Instruction and Reference and the other specializes in Cataloging. If you would like to connect with them please contact Heidi or Melissa.

Professional Burnout Prevention Strategies

One of our recent mentoring discussions turned to the topic of avoiding burnout both generally and when you have an additional workload due to things like covering for colleagues or vacant positions, tenure etc. We’d like to share out some of the strategies we discussed. Maybe there’s something here that speaks to other ALAO members.

  • Clearly define responsibilities and temporary task divisions among colleagues and check in with each other regularly to see how things are working.
  • Group similar tasks together and do them in batches instead of moving in and out of many diverse tasks and platforms constantly.
  • Set aside specific times during the day to check email and respond, so you aren’t constantly diverted from projects and critical tasks.
  • Allow yourself time “offline” to work on projects where you aren’t as readily accessible – mark yourself “unavailable” on your calendar, close the door (whatever is doable within the culture of your organization). Communicate with staff and colleagues to normalize this as part of your day/week.
  • Step back and consider the time commitment and resources you have available before saying “yes” to any more committees, boards, professional organizations.
  • Explore time management tools such as Outlook Insight for email or the Pomodoro technique for productivity. Tools like Trello can also be used to help you track/organize projects and keep track of your professional development.
  • How can the current situation/position be renewed or reframed? Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk can guide you into some valuable insights.

Do you have anything to add to the list? Things that have come up in your conversations? Are there any topics you’d like to explore further in a webinar?

–Heidi Beke-Harrigan, Mentoring Co-Chair, OhioNET
–Melissa Bauer, Mentoring Co-Chair, Kent State University-Stark Campus

This entry was posted in Vol. 40 no. 1 (March 2020) and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

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