ALN Mentoring Scheme 


Our pilot mentoring scheme launched in November 2022.  The scheme will have two intakes and will be reviewed after the first year.

Our first intake will happen Autumn/Winter 2022, with a further one later in the 2022/23 academic year. This page gives an outline of the scheme, together with links to fuller details, to the application forms to become a mentor and to be a mentee (see the links at the bottom of the page).

If you have a query about any part of the process, please send it to the ALN Development Managers who will forward it on to members of the Mentoring Oversight Group

Have a look at our introductory videos which will help you to understand a little bit more about the scheme - the first from the Chair of the ALN Mentoring Oversight Group (and from the University of Hull Library), Ali Craig and the second from Karen Hickman, a mentoring expert from the Yorkshire Accord and the Coaching Bugwho will be providing the training.

The deadline for applications to join the second wave of the scheme is Friday 23rd June 2023.


Scope and purpose 

Please note that this is a pilot scheme and will be reviewed after the first year.

The ALN Mentoring Scheme is voluntary and is open to all staff in the consortium’s member libraries.  
The scheme will dovetail with SCONUL’s mentoring scheme for senior staff.  
The core purpose of the scheme is to support library staff in their professional growth by facilitating mentoring relationships with more experienced colleagues.  
The scheme also aims to support the progression of LGBTQ+ and BAME staff by giving mentees the opportunity to be matched with a mentor from a specific group or background.  
Both partners in the mentoring relationship will learn and gain from the experience, and this in turn will sustain a continuous learning cycle within the Consortium.   

This will be achieved by: 

  • Promoting the ALN scheme as a valuable tool within an individual’s own development portfolio. 
  • Managing a process within which those seeking a mentor can be supported in identifying a suitable partner. 
  • Providing guidance and support for those participating in the ALN mentoring scheme. 
  • Providing opportunities for mentees to be matched with a mentor from a specific background or group. 
  • Monitoring and evaluating the scheme to deliver continuous improvement and demonstrate impact. 


Our objectives are: 

  • To promote mentoring across the ALN community. 
  • To recruit and match mentees with mentors according to the scheme’s eligibility criteria. 
  • To support mentors and mentees in making the most of the partnership. 
  • To enhance the personal and professional growth of mentees through their contribution to the mentoring partnership. 
  • To draw on the learning and experience of mentors for the benefit of mentees and the wider academic library sector in the north. 
  • To develop the scheme through an optional process in which mentees may become mentors in their turn. 
  • To demonstrate the impact of the ALN scheme through continuous monitoring and evaluation. 
  • To maintain awareness of best practice in mentoring and ensure that the ALN scheme continues to meet the highest standards. 

Eligibility criteria 

ALN Mentoring is aimed at non-senior library staff. Senior library staff looking for a mentoring scheme to support progression into leadership roles are encouraged to use the SCONUL mentoring scheme
Mentors should have at least two years’ experience at a level equivalent to or higher than the proposed mentee. Mentors and mentees must be working for an ALN member library to apply to the scheme and have approval from their line manager to take part. 

These eligibility criteria are guidelines, and the ALN Mentoring Oversight Group will use its discretion and common sense when proposing a partnership. 

Key facts

  • We will offer two recruitment campaigns during the pilot year. Intake 1 opened in Autumn/Winter 2022, with intake 2 opening in Spring/Summer 2023
  • Those who apply as mentees are supported for a period of 6 months.  As a guideline, we expect meetings will take place every 4 to 6 weeks for around 90 minutes to 2 hours at a time. 
  • ​We provide overview and induction training for everyone who applies to our scheme, including a mentee briefing and mentoring skills training for mentees and potential mentors respectively.
  • Pairs work together to agree expectations and form an agreement for working. They are responsible for planning the learning agenda and meeting schedule. 

More Details

Apply to be a mentor - deadline Friday 23 June 2023

Apply to be a mentee  - deadline Friday 23 June 2023

Please also complete an Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form whether applying to be a mentor or a mentee. 

Full scheme guidelines