Monday, January 11, 2010

Introducing the SGA Mentoring Program


The Society of Georgia Archivists is proud to present the SGA Mentoring Program, our newest initiative in the area of professional development.

What is it?

The SGA Mentoring Program was created to help archivists at all career levels establish a personal learning relationship with other archivists around the state. By matching mentors and mentees based on geographic location and areas of professional interest, the goal is to encourage growth and help participants develop competencies and create a stronger, more cohesive group of archivists in Georgia at the same time. By sharing a little time and knowledge with a colleague, everyone benefits.

What topics can you learn about or share with others?

acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, outreach, access, reference, preservation, cataloging, metadata, exhibits, management, lone arranging, congressional records, academic archives, records management, digital collections, private archives, corporate archives, religious archives, rare books, new technologies, special collections and libraries, museums, manuscripts, visual resources, local and state government, and audio/moving image resources.

(Don't see a topic of interest? Make a note on your application.)

Who can participate? Anyone!

Mentees -

If you are new to the profession or a student and would like establish a personal relationship with an established, experienced archivist, consider applying for a mentor.

If you are a mid-career archivist looking for extra guidance and another growth spurt in your professional development, consider applying for a mentor.

If you are in the final stretch of your career and are interested in taking the time to learn about newer initiatives and trends or just refreshing yourself on the basics, consider applying for a
mentor.

Mentors -

If you have at least three years of experience in the archival profession or extensive knowledge in a particular area of archival expertise (see the list above) and want to share your knowledge, please consider applying.

When will the program take place?

Mentoring matches made in this program will last for one calendar year, although mentors and mentees have the option of extending the match. Applications are due at the end of January and matches will be made by the end of February. Mentors and mentees will spend the rest of 2010 working together. All program participants who attend the SGA Annual Meeting in Augusta will receive recognition for their hard work.

How to apply

Visit www.soga.org/mentor and fill out a PDF application to be a mentor or mentee. Email the application to mentoring@soga.org or print and mail it to the address at the bottom of the page.

For more information or questions....

Visit www.soga.org/mentor, contact the Mentoring Committee at mentoring@soga.org, or feel free to contact any of the committee members listed below.

2010 SGA Mentoring Committee
Kristy Dixon, University of Georgia
Allison Hughes, Atlanta University CenterCynthia Lewis, The King Center
Nora Lewis, Georgia Historical Society
Luciana Spracher, City of Savannah Archives
Renna Tuten, Chair, University of Georgia

*Image "courtesy" of Texas State University Mentoring and Support Programs.

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