Research & Scholarship Mentorship Program

Last edited: May 2021

Statement of purpose:
The CAPAL Research & Scholarship Mentorship Program is an opportunity for current and future academic librarian researchers to receive feedback on their work throughout the research process both from formal mentors and from their peers. Students and professionals at all levels of experience will be invited to participate as mentees, and they will be assigned to groups based on their research interests, with a mentor leading each group.

Program Intake:

The Pilot Program Call For Interest will be initiated in June 2021, with the intended Pilot Program to start July 2021 and last until April 2022. We envision the Pilot Program having one single intake with potential to have multiple intakes in the future. We plan to present data and feedback on the Pilot Program at CAPAL 2022. You can register here.

The application deadline for the Pilot program is June 30, 2021.


Mentor Responsibilities:
Each mentor will lead a team of mentees. The Mentorship Committee will assign mentees to teams, to ensure even distribution, based on research interests indicated on the application form. Mentors should be available to meet with their Mentees monthly and expect some asynchronous correspondence in between meetings.

In the event that a Mentor is not immediately matched with a group of Mentees, they will be asked if they would like to keep their Mentor profile active in the event we have additional Mentees sign up outside of the initial Call for Interest.

Mentee Responsibilities:Mentees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on their research interests or current project. Mentees do not need to be current CAPAL members for the PIlot Program.

Examples of interests may include:

  • Finding collaborators
  • Getting started on research
  • Ethics approval
  • Research Data Management
  • Knowledge synthesis
  • Methodology
  • Writing
  • Selecting appropriate venues for publication

Guiding Principles:

  1. Mentors should be readily available to meet a minimum of 1 hour per month with their group of mentees and expect to have some asynchronous interaction in between meetings. Mentees should allow Mentors at least 2 full business days to respond to email questions outside of the regular monthly meeting.
  2. Mentor-Mentee relationships should be professional.
  3. Issues around intellectual property and authorship need to be clear. Mentees will be bringing their research questions to their mentors and Mentors should be prepared to assist the Mentees the best they can without crossing the line of intellectual property or authorship rights.
  4. Conflicts should be solved at the lowest level possible. If there is a conflict between a Mentor and Mentee we encourage bringing this to the attention of the CAPAL R&S Mentorship Committee. Examples of potential conflict resolution measures include a mediated meeting between the Mentor, Mentee and a Mentorship Committee Member, waiting for the next intake, or reassigning a Mentee to another Mentor.

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