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Oregon Heritage MentorCorps

The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is a statewide cooperative effort focused on the collections of library, museum, and archival organizations. Funded in part by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, members of the Northwest Archivists, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Library Association, Oregon State Library, Oregon State Archives, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, and Oregon Heritage created the Heritage MentorCorps.

The role of a Heritage Mentor

Heritage Mentors will provide information and training in collections care and emergency preparedness for libraries, museums and archives in their region.
Mentors are people who:
  • Will approach training and organizations without judgment and with encouragement.
  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Are impelled to learn the latest best practices through training offered by MentorCorps partners and national heritage and emergency response organizations.
  • Are experienced in collections care and management, and/or emergency preparedness and response.
  • Are excited to help others learn.
 Mentors will:
  • Attend free training in collections care, disaster preparedness, and adult education, and attend the Oregon Heritage Conference without charge.
  • Offer basic training in collections care to archives, libraries, and museums.
  • Building regional relationships and initiate networking among museums, archives, libraries, and emergency responders.
  • Provide onsite training and one-on-one in-person or phone consultations.
  • Communicate regularly with other mentors.
Heritage Mentor Job Description


Workshops and Training

Two-day, all-day workshops on collections care and emergency preparedness will be offered in seven locations in Oregon during Fall 2013. In addition, all mentors will attend a two-day training on adult education in Salem during Summer 2013.