The Other Side of the Equation

By Stephanie L. Gross, MATESOL, MSLIS (Pratt Institute)

When I met Emily in the fall of 2013, I was struck by her youth as well as her maturity. Having mentored a number of library students, recent grads and librarians in transition, I knew that working with Emily would be a gratifying experience. What I didn’t know at the time was that the short-term mentorship would indeed morph into that of a long-term collegial relationship. Was it that Emily graduated from my alma mater Pratt Institute that facilitated the transition from guide to peer? Perhaps. Emily has told me that just having someone to talk to as she pursued her quest for promotion at NYPL helped her stay the course. I discovered that by asking her questions and listening to her answers I gained an insight into the mind of one who is experiencing the 21st century employment “revolution”. My/our decision to extend the 3-month commitment has been based on the acknowledgement that there is much value to be had in maintaining a collegial dialog between professionals from different fields and generations. I should mention that Emily is a public librarian while I am an academic one. Although neither of us is currently involved in special libraries, we have found that SLA meets the highest standard of both professionalism and collegiality. I am proud to have been a part of what is to become The Colleague Connection and urge all who are able to consider donating a few hours of their time to this worthy endeavor.  It is one that will continue to enhance and strengthen not only librarians and their institutions but our stakeholders as well. I congratulate Emily and SLA-NY on their steadfast loyalty to the principles of professional development and continuing education. Much success in future!!