Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network Mentoring Program: Call for Mentors and Mentees

Are you an experienced visible minority librarian willing to provide advice and support to another visible minority librarian? Did you have a great mentoring experience and would like to “pay it forward”?  ViMLoC needs you!

Are you a visible minority librarian in need of guidance? Do you want to connect with an experienced visible minority librarian for professional advice and support?   ViMLoC wants you!

The Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network (a CLA Network) recognizes the need :

  1. to help visible minority librarians, especially new librarians and new immigrant librarians, develop their professional careers
  2. to encourage and guide visible minority library students with career planning

To assist in this initiative the ViMLoC mentoring program will recruit and provide a pool of experienced visible minority librarians as potential mentors as well as facilitate the matching of potential mentors to mentees.

The ViMLoC mentoring program is open to visible minority librarians at all stages of their career, and visible minority library students. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour“. The visible minority population consists mainly of the following groups: Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab, West Asian, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean. The program is open to both CLA members and non-CLA members.

If you would like to participate in the ViMLoC mentoring program as a mentee please complete the ViMLoC Mentee Application form. Mentee applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of their application and will be contacted once a match is found. Please note that the length of time for mentor matching could take up to several weeks depending on mentor availability.

If you would like to participate in the ViMLoC mentoring program as a mentor please complete the ViMLoC Mentor Application form. Mentors are required to have a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a librarian. Mentoring is an on-going relationship between the mentor and mentee. ViMLoC seeks mentors who are committed to the personal and professional development of mentees.

Completed applications should be sent to ViMLoC ( Visit the ViMLoC website for more information.

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