[Heritage] MentorCorps seeks applicants to help nearby organizations

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri Dec 7 12:08:46 PST 2012

An Oregon Heritage MentorCorps to assist libraries, archives and
museums with collections care and emergency preparedness issues is
beginning to form.
            The mentors, who will be located in all regions of the
state, will receive six days of free training to assist them in helping
heritage organizations in their community. Applications to be a mentor
are now available at the Oregon Heritage website.
            “Every time we survey heritage organizations, the number
one need besides money is training for volunteers and staff,” said Kyle
Jansson, coordinator of the Oregon Heritage Commission. “This
neighbor-helping-neighbor approach is designed to have expertise
available locally where it is needed.”
            The MentorCorps is a creative solution based upon research
by the Connecting to Collections statewide planning group. That group
included members from the Northwest Archivists, the Oregon Historical
Society, the Oregon Library Association, the Oregon Museums Association,
the Oregon State Library, the Oregon State Archives, Tamástslikt
Cultural Institute and Oregon Heritage.
Their research found that staff and volunteers at the more than 200
museums, 300 public libraries and dozens of archives preferred local
training, with collections care and management the most desired topics.
            After the mentors are trained, they will provide
information and basic training in collections and emergency preparedness
for libraries, museums and archives in their region. In addition to
enabling cooperative efforts by libraries, archives and museums where
they live, they will support the quality of life in their communities
and sustaining important cultural resources.
The deadline to apply to be a mentor is Jan. 15. An application and
information about the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is available online at
            Additional information is available from Jansson at
503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson at state.or.us 
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