I have never had a mentor, other than for specific projects. For one of my college classes, we had a weekly email exchange with an experienced teacher to ask questions about the profession. I student taught with a very knowledgeable veteran teacher in Elkhorn. At the Nebraska Library Leadership Institute I attended last month, we had two mentors assigned to our group. They were very helpful and forthcoming with advice and information.
Most of the skills I have come from observing people who do things well and emulating their techniques. My customer service skills come from time spent hanging around a retail manager. My child disciplining skills come from the countless teachers I observed during undergraduate field experiences and as a classroom paraprofessional.
I would like to find a mentor at this point in my career, either formal or informal. The CPD23 post about mentoring suggested some unique avenues for finding a mentor I had not considered. The New Members Round Table of the Nebraska Library Association has talked about reviving its mentoring program this fall. This is something I will volunteer to coordinate, because I think it would be helpful for many. I am interested to hear how other people have found mentors and their thoughts on the value of being a mentor and/or mentee.