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WVLS Mentoring Program

To suggest additions, please email Jamie Matczak at jmatczak@wvls.org.

Program Description

The WVLS Mentoring Program supports success of new library administrators for two years by matching them with experienced library specialists. Mentorship will reduce unnecessary struggle and stress through guided learning, regular communication, and peer bonding. Mentees will be partnered with a mentor based on such factors as interests, need, geographic location, expertise, community culture and more.

For more information, view the WVLS Mentoring Program Outline.

Current Partnerships:
Janay Ziebell (Neillsville) and Heidi O’Hare (Tomahawk)
Rita Ludvigsen (Gilman) and Tammie Blomberg (Rib Lake)

Interested in being a mentor or mentee?

Mentor (2+ Years Relevant Experience):
Experienced specialists who want to share their expertise to inspire and guide new library administrators. Experts who want to build relationships and learn from mentees and the skills they bring to their position. Other requirements include:

  • Are you able to commit to this partnership for two years?
  • Do you have the time to make a phone call to your mentee once a month? 
  • Are you able to meet at the mentee location at least once in the first year of your partnership

Mentor Interest Form

(2 or Less Years of Admin Experience)
New administrators who want to learn the tools for successful librarianship from experienced leaders and build relationships with peers.
Mentee Interest Form


Match Resources

YALSA Learning from Each Other Successful Mentoring/Protege Relationships – Summer 2017
WVLS Mentoring Program Initial Meeting Discussion Guide

Wisconsin Valley Library Service
300 N 1st Street
Wausau, WI 54403