Mentoring and Student Outreach Committee


The Mentoring and Student Outreach Committee strives to foster strong relationships with library and information science programs and recruit the next generation of information professionals, as well as promoting the organization to the profession as a whole.

If you have any questions you may email the Mentoring and Student Outreach Committee at

Committee goals:

  • Recruit new members to NASIG
  • Promote NASIG’s awards, particularly the Student grants
  • Highlight membership benefits
  • Partner on Continuing Education opportunities offered by library and information science programs
  • Manage the Student Mentoring Program
  • Help make conference attendees feel more at ease
  • Create networking opportunities
  • Maintain list of ambassadors who follow a set of guidelines to facilitate relationships with library and information science program, and serve as liaisons to those ambassadors
  • Match first time conference attendees with mentors
  • In consultation with CPC, plan the First-Timers reception to take place at the beginning of the annual conference
  • In collaboration with PPC, review and select Student Snapshot sessions for the conference and work with presenters leading up to the conference

Critical timelines:

Mentoring Program:

April -- Send out notices to library schools announcing NASIG mentoring program

May – send out request for mentors in NASIG            

May – check in with LIS ambassadors that they wish to continue

June – match mentors and mentees/matches send back mentoring contract

July to May – monthly questions sent to mentors and mentees

November – first survey sent to participants/drawing for gift card for mentees

May – second survey sent to participants/drawing for gift card for mentees

Conference Mentoring:

April (prior to conference): Work with PPC and the NASIG social media & marketing coordinator to invite proposals for the Student Spotlight sessions. Evaluate and select proposals and notify presenters of the status of their proposals.

4-6 weeks prior to conference:  call goes out on NASIG-L for experienced NASIG attendees to sign up as mentors.

Two weeks before conference: Sign-up of mentors complete

One week before conference: Mentor/mentee assignments complete

One week post-conference: Send reminder to complete evaluation of conference mentoring program & first timers reception


Guidelines for Mentors and Mentees

Mentoring Program and Application Form

Becoming an Ambassador

Co-Chair: Beth Ashmore (North Carolina State University) 22/24
Co-Chair: Matt Jabaily (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) 22/24

Jackie Blanton-Watkins (Kennesaw State University) 23/25
Sukanta Kumar (Vidyasagar College For Women) 22/24
Cleire Lauron (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) 23/25
Jen Montavon-Green (University of Kentucky) 22/24
Kristen Wilson (North Carolina State University) 23/25

Board Liaison:
Moon Kim


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