Program FAQ for Mentors

How are the mentees selected?

In general, mentees will either be students enrolled in library programmes (of any level) or early-career library workers (both professional and paraprofessional). We are not too rigid in terms of selection criteria, save that potential mentees must demonstrate genuine enthusiasm and a commitment to the mentoring process, and to professional development in general.

How are mentors and mentees paired?

We will match you with the most suitable mentee based on their applications, and also on feedback gathered from participants at the speed mentoring event that kicks off the program.

How often do I need to meet with my mentee?

There is no minimum requirement as to how often you must meet with your mentee, but frequent contact is of course encouraged. We know that mentors are busy professionals that may not be able to commit to many regular face-to-face meetings (e.g. an informal lunch). However, we want to make it clear that you do need to be in regular contact with your mentee. Other forms of keeping in contact, such as via e-mail, Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, etc., are perfectly acceptable. As a general rule, reaching out to your mentee at least once a week is a good target.

Am I expected to provide work experience for my mentee?

We make it clear to mentees that the programme is not a means of securing work experience or employment. However, mentees will obviously benefit from opportunities to visit and/or work in your library if these are available.

Do I need to submit any report/evaluation?

Mentors do not need to submit any report at the completion of the programme. However, in the spirit of sharing, both mentors and mentees are asked to blog about their experiences on the HKLC Blog ( The style and content of your posts can be discussed and planned within the pairings, or a template can be provided.

You will be asked to fill in a brief evaluation survey, as we will need your feedback in order to further improve the programme.