The Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Level Up Mentorship Program is a self-select, member-exclusive opportunity to receive tailored mentoring. The program’s success lies in its uncomplicated framework built on the principles of Heritage, Simplicity, and Community. The Level Up Program leverages Black empowerment, efficiency, and to foster a positive mentee experience.

Find a Certified BCALA Mentor

We invite prospective mentees to browse bios and select a trained mentor. Sign up to receive instructions here.

Become a Certified BCALA Mentor

Be a part of developing Black library leaders. Our annual mentor recruitment and training is straightforward. Sign up here.


Periodically, BCALA offers cohort and community webinars with our mentorship program in mind. Be on the lookout for the next webinar or dialogue.
Hear what others have to say!

“Having a mentor through the Colorado Black Library Association, a BCALA Affiliate, makes me feel supported and unafraid to tackle tough topics, issues, or situations – knowing that I have a group of valuable resources to access at any point.”

-Zamara Loftis, Broomfield (CO) Library

“As a mentor, it is vital to invest in your mentee’s success. Commit time and energy to developing your mentee. Make yourself available and take the time to understand their questions and provide thoughtful and thorough input. Ask your mentee for regular updates. The more you understand their progress—and what’s working and what’s not, the more effective you can be as a mentor. If your time is not being used wisely, be clear about your expectations and set guidelines for your time together. You’ll both benefit from getting into a good rhythm.”

– KennethWayne Thompson, Charles County (MD) Public Library

“Mentorship has allowed me to receive guidance that has been pivotal in my professional and personal growth. My mentors have contributed to my success and I pay it forward by mentoring others.”

-Tina Rollins, Director, Hampton University (VA) Harvey Library