Mentorship Program

At ViMLoC we believe that mentorship for visible minority librarians is an important aspect to recruit, retain, and revitalize the library workforce. To ensure that librarians are supported to overcome the additional challenges that come with cultural diversity in the profession, we run our own mentorship program.

The Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 session! This mentoring session will run from May 2nd to July 1st, 2022. Applications have now closed for the 2022 session. Thank you to all who applied. We will be reaching out shortly at the end of April with more information. 

Please see our Program Guide for tips and discussion topics to initiate and build a mentoring relationship.

About this program

The Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) recognizes the need to help visible minority librarians, especially early career and new immigrant librarians, develop their professional careers, as well as the need to encourage and guide visible minority library students with career planning. Lack of mentorship is often cited as a challenge among visible minority librarians, and through our mentorship program, we found that small acts of mentorship were able to make an impact on our mentees. Applying for this program will help create a larger network of visible minority librarians and increase our representation in the library profession. The 2022 ViMLoC mentoring program will recruit experienced visible minority librarians as potential mentors, as well as facilitate the matching of potential mentors to mentees. ViMLoC membership is NOT required to participate in this program. If you’d like to join ViMLoC, please see our Participate page to find out more on how to connect to our network.

Should I apply?

This program is open to visible minority librarians at all stages of their career, and visible minority library students. In Canada, 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. Participants with the intersectionality of these backgrounds are welcome to apply. We need mentors with all kinds of experience and skills. In recognition of your contribution to the mentorship program, we would be happy to provide mentors with a reference letter.

Expectations

Applicants to the program are expected:

  • To commit to the full term of the session;
  • To keep in touch with their mentorship partner a minimum of twice per month (by email, phone, Zoom, or other means of communication upon mutual agreement);
  • To complete an exit survey (online) at the close of the session.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at vimloc@gmail.com

ViMLoC Mentorship Committee: Yanli Li, Valentina Ly, Xuemei Li