By Emily Drew
I looked into the original Mentorship Program through the SLA NY Chapter because I was looking at my career critically. I had always felt behind compared to others and often tried to stop myself from looking back and thinking I should have done things differently. I thought that using the program would allow me to speak freely about these things with a colleague and also help to form a connection with someone in the chapter. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Stephanie Gross, a caring individual who takes a lot of time out of her schedule to mentor people and help in other ways within our library and information professional communities.
I have to admit that I did feel awkward applying to a Mentorship Program after graduating from library school several years ago. But once we met I had to let those insecurities go or I wasn’t going to get the most out of our relationship. This relationship evolved into what I believe The Colleague Connection is going for – two people in the information industry who are curious about what is going on in other sectors, looking for sounding boards, advice, and a way to learn about new things. I am excited to see The Colleague Connection take shape so others may benefit from this unique program.