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Join the Oregon Heritage MentorCorps!

December 7, 2012

The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is forming to assist libraries, archives and museums with collections care and emergency preparedness issues. Oregon Heritage is now recruiting mentors throughout the state to be part of the MentorCorps.

The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps is a creative solution based upon research by the Connecting to Collections statewide planning group. 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.

We're looking for volunteers like you to be mentors for museums, archives, and libraries.

We’re looking for volunteers like you to be mentors for museums, archives, and libraries.

Mentors will come from all regions of Oregon and receive six days of free training to prepare them to help heritage organizations in their community. Oregon’s heritage organizations identified training for volunteers and staff as one of their critical needs. To address this need, the MentorCorps is designed as a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach to have expertise in collections care and emergency preparedness available locally.

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 of the libraries, archives and museums where they live, they will be supporting the quality of life in their communities and sustaining important cultural resources.

The deadline to apply to be a mentor is January 15, 2013. Information about the MentorCorps and the mentor application are available at www.oregonheritage.org. If you need more information, you can also contact Kyle Jansson at (503) 986-0673 or kyle.jansson@state.or.us.

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