The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) is pleased to be able to offer a mentorship program for new archivists and archival studies students who are ACA members! The program is run by the volunteer of the Membership Development Committee.
The goal of the ACA mentoring program is to facilitate the integration of new archivists into the Canadian archival community by matching them with mentors who may advise and guide them on work and career management issues.
Mentors and mentees are matched based primarily on interests. While an attempt is made to match based on geographical location, the archives community in Canada is relatively small and spread out across the country. The majority of mentees are concentrated in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal and there are not enough archivists in those areas to match all mentees. Mentors in all parts of Canada are able to advise on all aspects of the Archival profession and are generally aware of job openings throughout the country.
Any ACA member who is a student of archival studies, recent graduate of archival studies (within 5 years), or has recently entered the archival profession, is invited to sign up for a mentor from the Canadian archival community
Applications for the 2019 program are open through the Fall 2018 and closing by January 15th, 2019.
Matches are communicated to participants in late January. The availability of matches depends on the number of volunteers. Participants are expected to commit for one year.
Program participants are invited to attend the Conference Orientation. This is a great opportunity for you to connect face-‐to-‐face! The 2019 ACA Conference in Toronto will take place at the Chelsea Hotel, and the reception for Mentors and Mentees will be held on June 5th in advance of the Welcome Reception.
Since its inception in 2003, the program has been very popular. Some of the responses of the participants mentors and mentored alike, are noteworthy:
“I managed to do volunteer work with my mentor which helped me to build my confidence and apply what I’d learned.” – mentee
“I have been telling my classmates who didn’t sign up for the program that they missed a good opportunity.” – mentee
“I wish I had this program when I first started working in archives.” – mentor
“This has been a really positive experience – my mentor and I have been in contact several times, and I am very comfortable approaching him with questions, and asking for advice.” – mentee
Any questions about the mentorship program, guidelines, or applications may be directed to the Membership Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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