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Academic Libraries Building a Mentorship Culture for Sustainable Development

Gosine-Boodoo, Meerabai and Gill, Michelle

Association of Caribbean Universities, Research & Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) 49th Annual Conference: Access and Opportunity for All: Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals



The University of the West IndiesAcademic LibrariansMentorshipScholarly CommunicationLibraries and PublishingSustainable DevelopmentTrinidad and TobagoCaribbean

Academic Research Poster

Library administrators everywhere are being challenged to transform their libraries to be more service-relevant with fewer resources while keeping staff motivated and productive. In the context of an agile, technology-driven global environment, it is the human capital development that holds the key to achieving these goals. This poster offers a graphic representation of a path to sustainability whereby the outcomes are the result of a participatory approach to transforming an academic library through a ‘purposeful mentorship’ program. Key elements of mentorship are also defined based on staff opinions coming out of a recent survey on mentorship which was administered to library professionals at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Academic libraries are undisputed facilitators of lifelong and life-wide learning. They successfully hire and train human capital to harness print, electronic, and digital resources and create value-added products and services for their expanding clientele. Integral to these achievements is the engagement and empowerment of staff through self-sustaining skills development programs. We the authors, believe that a professional staff development program that employs the medium of ‘purposeful mentorship’ to benefit the institution’s core personnel will produce desirable outcomes. More specifically, such an initiative can remove impediments to exploratory research, scholarly communication, and acceptance of academic submissions while engendering personal satisfaction, professional advancement, and individual as well as collective creativity.


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