|Oregon Heritage MentorCorps will train mentors to assist libraries, archives and museums with collections care and emergency preparedness issues.
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 http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/mentorcorps.aspx
Additional information is available from Jansson at 503-986-0673 or firstname.lastname@example.org