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SAA Mentorship Program

Another message I pulled from a listserv -- if you are an alumnus who just happens to be a reader, this would be a great way to get involved with SAA and to keep in touch with the new edge of archiving.

If you are a SI - ARM student, now you know that this resource exists!


I am serving as the SAA mentoring program coordinator for the Membership Committee. The program matches a new archivist with an archivist who has been in the field for a while and is willing to serve as a resource person to offer advice and share work experiences. The time commitment is very manageable, and it is usually e-mailing or speaking over the phone once a month or more often depending on the mentor and protegé. Sometimes there is a possibility of meeting in person if both persons live or work in the same area, but this is entirely up to them.

I am currently trying to find prospective mentors for new archivists from all over the USA. One requirement is that both mentors and protégés are current SAA members. More description about the Mentoring Program is available on the SAA website at


Don't be shy! You might think you don't have anything to offer, but the truth is that your advice and experience is worth millions to someone that's just starting out. Don't you wish you'd had a mentor too?

Interested? Have any questions? Comments? Concerns? Feel free to contact me off-list at tyoder@chipublib.org

Teresa Yoder
SAA Mentoring Program Coordinator

Archival Specialist
Special Collections and Preservation Division-9th Floor
Harold Washington Library Center
Chicago Public Library
400 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
312-747-4890 (fax)

Posted by kkowatch at June 2, 2008 05:15 PM


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