Exchange of Knowledge Between Mentors and Students
The mentorship project for mentors and students started on Friday the 30th of January. Fourth term students from the bachelor programme for librarians met their mentors from various cities across the country; a step towards inclusion into the profession.
Students and mentors<br />
discuss possibilities.<br />
Friday morning saw the mentors coming in from Partille, Uddevalla and Stockholm. The day started with an introduction by Ingamay Larsson, subject teacher at the School of Education and Behavioural Sciences, about what the mentorship meant to the mentors. After that a discussion about the set-up and realization of the mentorship ensued, after which the students met the mentors.
“The students set up goals for what they want to achieve during the first encounter, and visions for what they want to achieve during the duration of the mentorship. At the same time they get to know their mentors and can begin to plan for future encounters,” says Ingrid Johansson.
In order to give the students an insight into the future in the profession, and strengthen their relationship to representatives of various library ventures, Ingrid Johansson and Margareta Lundberg-Rodin – subject teacher and prefect at the Swedish School of Library and Information Sciences (BHS) – engaged mentors from the profession. The mentorship is intended to give the students a professional contact to be turned to for questions and reflections. The mentors and the students are part of a knowledge exchange and quality work between education/research and profession at the BHS.
The voluntary mentorship will go on for three terms, and a lot of students at the librarian programme have shown interest in participating. Around 50 students were present Friday, and two of them share their opinions on the mentorship.
“There is the issue of us not having an internship. Through the mentorship we are given a better picture of how things work in a library,” says Gustav Andersson, a librarian student.
“It gives us a look into the real world, and a long-term contact is good as the work market is in constant change,” continues Amanda Glimstedt, also a library student.
Gustav Andersson’s and Amanda Glimstedt’s mentors were in Borås on Friday, and had major expectations on the mentorship and the upcoming meetings.
“The mentorship is useful and good. Incorporating the profession into the University in this way is good, and we have wanted it for a long time,” says Annika Sverrung, a mentor from Chalmers’ Library. “Young people are fun, as they question why you work or think in a certain way. It is good for us to gain perspective and be questioned,” continues Annika Sverrung.
“It is also going to be a lot of fun getting to know four future librarians and perhaps future colleagues,” adds Annelia Janred, another mentor from Chalmers’ Library.
By (with photos): Patricia Ilin