Interested in Law Librarianship?

By Grace Chilingirian and Allison Coltin

This fall, the San Diego Area Law Libraries Association will be launching “SANDALL Buddies,” a new mentoring program that pairs up professional law librarians with library students, new librarians and other types of librarians who are interested in the field of law librarianship.

The pairs can choose to perform a variety of activities together, such as attending events, working on projects such as newsletter articles and planning a SANDALL event to help mentees get more familiar with the organization. The Buddies Program is designed to be flexible to allow pairs to set their own goals and expectations and establish their own meeting schedules and contact preferences. There will also be occasional social events where the pairs can meet other participants and share ideas.

As a Mentee you will:
• Learn what it’s like to be a law librarian first hand
• Job Shadow your Mentor or tour their workplace
• Have your resume reviewed by a professional
• Have someone you can turn to for questions and support
• Attend conferences, workshops, and social events with your mentor
• Get more involved with SANDALL (a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries) to build your network and resume

If this sounds like a program for you, then sign up by emailing Allison Coltin at or Grace Chilingirian at The official kick-off event will be in November. Further details will be sent out to all who sign up.

Allison Coltin is the Serials/Processing Assistant at the University of San Diego Legal Research Center. She received her B.A. in English from California Lutheran University and Masters of Library and information Science from San Jose State University. Allison is currently the Vice President of the SJSU SLIS Alumni Association and is really looking forward to helping students and newer librarian connect to experienced law librarians through the SANDALL Buddies Program.

Grace Chilingirian is a Reference Librarian at the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, San Diego and Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Grace is currently the Alignment Ambassador for the San Diego Chapter of SLA and involved in SANDALL’s social media committee. Like Allison, she is very excited about heading the new SANDALL Buddies Program to assist aspiring law librarians achieve their goals.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. mylibrary

    Mentoring sounds like a wonderful idea. Is there a mentoring program for library students in Northern California. If not, are there plans to have one in the future?

    Ariana Curiel

  2. Allison

    We can always sent up a virtual mentee/mentor pairing if anyone is interested. Just let me know.

    -Allison Coltin

  3. lboogie

    I would be interested and I'm in Northern California as well. However, I would prefer a local mentor if possible.

  4. Allison

    Please email me your info and I'll see what we can do for you. As for a local mentor, you might want to contact your local chapter of AALL to see if they have some one who they could pair you up with.

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