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LAUC-LA Handbook: Mentoring and Orientation

This guide provides information and background documents for LAUC-LA Committees to carry out their charges. For a committee’s charge and roster, click that committee tab and a drop-down menu will lead to the procedures and documents for each committee.

Guidelines for Mentors and Mentees

Peer Review mentors should ...

  •  expect to read and comment on peer review materials provided by mentees. If mentees are currently going through peer review, mentors should be prepared to meet with them as they compile their peer review paperwork

Mentors and mentees should have a conversation early about the temporal scope of the relationship and frequency of meetings.

Committee Goals


  • Provide opportunities for librarians, at different stages of their careers, to benefit from the perspective and experience of other librarians through formal or informal mentoring relationships
  • Foster collegiality through social events and networking opportunities
  • Promote a welcoming and supportive environment for newly hired librarians


Committee on Mentoring and Orientation
Committee Charge


General Charge

The Committee is charged with fulfilling its standing Charge as stated in Article VI. Section 14 of the LAUC-LA Bylaws:

  1. The Committee shall consist of 8 to 10 members.
  2. Chair-Elect of LAUC-LA shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Committee.
  3. The Committee shall match mentors with mentees in formal or informal partnerships.
  4. The Committee shall maintain new member orientation on the LAUC-LA website and the LAUC-LA Handbook as appropriate; and shall organize new member events with the LAUC-LA Chair and/or Executive Board.

2022-2023 Charge 

  • Administer the annual Peer Review mentoring program, taking into account the recent survey feedback of mentoring program participants. 

    • Advertise the mentoring program, including during the Peer Review Documentation Workshop.

    • Follow up with matched mentors and mentees to see if they need any support or guidance and administer an assessment survey at the end of the program to gather programmatic feedback.

  • Develop and administer methods, programs, and events to welcome new librarians by helping them meet colleagues and orienting them to the policies, procedures, and general structure of the UCLA Library. These initiatives may include (but are not limited to) creating welcome email messages, hosting one-on-one meetings, staging events with library administration, and organizing general orientation events. 

  • Explore the feasibility of piloting a general mentorship program and a cohort program for newly-hired librarians.



Katherine Kapsidelis, Chair (2023)

Sherry Leysen (2024)
Stacy McKenna (2023)
Caroline Miller (2023)
Michael Oppenheim (2023)
Brian Raphael (2024)
Lynda Tolly (2023)
Jeremy Whitt (2024)
Stacy R. Williams (2024)
Renee Romero, ex officio (2023)

To contact any of these people, go to the LAUC-LA Members Directory or the UCLA Directory.

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