1. Introduction

In this introduction, you will learn what mentoring is and how it can support connected learning in the library.

After completing this section, you will be able to...

  • Describe the core elements of mentoring

In supporting today’s young people, librarians around the country are providing a range of mentoring opportunities. Research evidence finds that quality mentoring experiences can make a powerful impact on the personal, professional, and academic lives of young people.1, 2, 3 In this module, we offer practical ways and best practices for encouraging mentoring relationships (librarians as mentors, youth mentors, adult and community mentors) within a youth librarian context.


1: Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design, by Mizuko Ito, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, and S. Craig Watkins.

2: Safe Space and Shared Interests: YOUmedia Chicago as a Laboratory for Connected Learning, by Kiley Larson, Mizuko Ito, Eric Brown, Mike Hawkins, Nichole Pinkard, and Penny Sebring. DML Research Hub, 2013.

3: Rhodes, J. E., & DuBois, D. L. (2008). Mentoring relationships and programs for youth. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(4), 254-258.