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The ALADN Mentor Program matches individuals new to library development and/or to ALADN with individuals experienced in library development and who have previously attended the ALADN conference.

The professional relationship provides the mentee with one-on-one access to an individual who can answer their questions, discuss challenges, and introduce the mentee to other colleagues in library development.

“I’ve found the mentor program extraordinarily helpful. I’ve learned as much as a mentor as I did as a mentee—in all cases, I’ve gained so much insight from visiting one-on-one with both long-time library development professionals and newcomers alike. The program is thoughtfully designed, and I’d highly recommend ALADN attendees at any level consider becoming involved.”

Rebecca Smith, Executive Director of Communications & Advancement,
University of Kansas Libraries

“I’ve participated on both sides of ALADN’s mentorship program, as a mentor and as a mentee and I’ve enjoyed both experiences tremendously. The ALADN mentorship program offers an unmatched opportunity to learn from leaders in our field and connect with colleagues from across the nation. Sharing your time in this program is an investment you won’t want to pass up.“

Christina Muracco
Director of Advancement, Smithsonian Libraries

Please consider the Mentor Program, if you are:

  • New to library development
  • Attending the ALADN conference for the first time, although experienced in development
  • Library administrators including deans or university librarians who are involved in fundraising
  • Seasoned in library fundraising and willing to share your experiences with a newcomer to ALADN or library development

Benefits to participating as a mentor/mentee:

  • Contribute to the profession by helping to develop future leaders
  • Receive support and guidance
  • Meet other professionals
  • Networking opportunities

To be paired with a mentor, or a mentee, please indicate this on your conference registration form. For more information about the Mentor Program, please contact chair:

Claudia Frazer, Director, University Archives & Special Collections, Cowles Library, Drake University, 515-271-3776.

NOTE: Upon request, mentors will receive a letter recognizing their service in this program.

Boston: Steeped in History June 1-4, 2016