The SUNYLA mentoring program is an informal program where mentor and mentee are paired based on mutual interests (e.g. a content/subject specialty such as technical services, digital librarianship, user experience, library instruction, or skill such as getting published, emerging technology, data management, project management, archiving, digital repositories, publishing, etc.).
The mentoring pair commit to a one-year relationship that coincides with the SUNYLA membership (from annual conference to annual conference) though our hope is to build lasting professional relationships. Mentor and mentored will mutually decide how often to connect over the course of the year, but regular contact is encouraged (at least twice over the academic year).
To start off on the right foot, subjects for early conversations should include: frequency of contact desired, goals and aspirations of the mentee, preferred learning styles, communication preferences, and sharing of information about both your backgrounds and what mutual benefit you both can get from this experience.