Chapter 4

Informal Mentorship Matters

One Librarian’s Leadership Journey

M.S. Eisler,    Port Townsend Public Library, Port Townsend, WA, United States


This chapter will explore how informal mentors and sponsors are all around us and if you are willing to seek out mentors and sponsors, you too can accelerate your career. The author is a new library director and discusses her leadership journey. She shares the impacts that formal mentorship programs, community leadership programs, and library leadership institutes have had on her career. However, she attributes a great deal of her success to the informal mentors and sponsors she has had in career and her tenacity in seeking them out. An inspiration and framework for the chapter is Sheryl ...

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