Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator
“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” ― J. Loren Norris
“In what is known as the 70-20-10 learning concept, Robert Eichinger and Michael Lombardo, in collaboration with Morgan McCall of the Center for Creative Leadership, explain that 70% of learning and development takes place from real-life and on-the-job experiences, tasks, and problem solving; 20% of the time development comes from other people through informal or formal feedback, mentoring, or coaching; and 10% of learning and development comes from formal training.”1
70-20-10 Learning Concept
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR), would like to promote and contribute to, the 20% of hospital librarians learning by strengthening the professional development of hospital librarianship.
We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes. Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship, and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.
Mentoring vs. Networking
What is the difference between networking and mentoring?
Networking by definition is “the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.” It is an informal process and does not require either party to make a commitment.
“Mentoring is an interaction between a more experienced person and a less experienced person; it provides guidance that motivates the mentored person to take action.” – Marilyn Suiter
Mentoring is considered so important to the development of new scientists that the National Science Foundation requires its grantees to provide information on how they will mentor postdoctoral fellows.
A subcommittee of the Hospital Special Advisory Group is investigating successful mentoring programs available in our region. The Medical Library Association (MLA) has a database and a program to match members with a mentor. We encourage you to explore the MLA program and add your area of expertise and hopefully your name to their mentoring database.
The South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC / MLA) had a successful mentoring program and their members had this to say:
Want to Become a Mentor?
MLA offers mentor guidelines and a tip sheet. Here are a few items to consider before volunteering.
For Mentors: Responsibilities
For Mentees: Responsibilities
For Mentors and Mentees: What Format/Environment Would You Be Most Comfortable?
Save the Date
MAR’s November Boost Box session will highlight successful mentoring programs and what makes a mentor-mentee relationship work. And …. January is National Mentoring Month. It’s never too early to begin planning.
To learn more about mentoring explore the following resources: