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Curious about ARLIS/NA and how it works?

Confused about the brand new MemberClicks directory?

Please stop by the ARLIS/NA Informational table / MemberClicks Helpdesk in the exhibitions hall in Denver! Despite the fact the name of this new feature in the exhibition hall does not roll off the tongue, we’re hoping it will serve as a valuable resource to both new and seasoned ARLIS/NE members.

As you may have guessed the table is serving two functions.

First of all we are hoping to be a repository of printed information on ARLIS/NA and its various groups-Committees, Divisions, Sections, Round Tables/Interest Groups, Chapters, etc. [If you have responsibility for one of these groups and would like to share information with fellow ARLIS members, please bring handouts to be distributed.] We will also be staffed on Saturday, so please stop by to chat. We will answer questions and/or try to put you in touch with someone who can speak to you more about your ARLIS-related interests. Mentors, please encourage your mentees to come by.

In addition, we are very pleased to serve as a MemberClicks HelpDesk. Although I don’t think any of us can claim to be experts on the new MemberClicks directory, we look forward to introducing you to some of the basic functionality of the new system. If you have not had an opportunity to use it yet, it’s really wonderful!

Printed information will be available both Saturday and Sunday, while it lasts.

The table will be staffed on Saturday May 3rd, 9:30 am-12:30 pm and 5-7 pm.

Look forward to seeing many of you in Denver!

Best,

Rachel Resnik, outgoing Membership Committee chair
technical services librarian
massachusetts college of art + design
rresnik@massart.edu

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This year’s Conference Mentor Program has generated a lot of interest—we have more than 25 attendees requesting mentors! If you have never before volunteered to be a conference mentor, this is your opportunity to make an impact in the Society on a personal level and be a part of this exciting program.

Mentors are expected to meet their mentee on the first or second day at the conference to discuss the structure and workings of the society and to give conference-attending tips. Then, whenever possible, introduce their mentee to new colleagues.

Commitment to the Conference Mentor Program only lasts the duration of the conference.

Please contact me directly if you if you have any questions. You can also find more information as well as a registration form at:

http://arlisna-mw.lib.byu.edu/denver2008/confmentor_form.htm

I look forward to hearing from you,

Alba Fernández-Keys
Conference Mentor Program Coordinator
afernandez-keys@imamuseum.org

Please remember that you can still sign-up to participate in the Denver Conference Mentor Program! More information about the program as well as the registration form can be found by clicking on the following link:http://arlisna-mw.lib.byu.edu/denver2008/confmentor_form.htm

**Please note that the Denver Conference Mentor Program is separate from the year-long ARLIS/NA Mentoring Program and workshop.

Whether you are a seasoned ARLIS/Na conference veteran of a first (or second) timer, you have the opportunity to participate in the Denver conference Mentor Program. If you are attending your first conference and are just beginning to develop your ARLIS network, the Mentor Program provides you with an experienced ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues. For ARLIS/NA veterans, this is a fine opportunity to make a significant impact in the Society on a personal level.

Those requesting mentors will be matched with those volunteering to serve as mentors by the Program Coordinator, based on information drawn from the application form. Both mentors and their newcomers will be notified before the conference.

Mentors are expected to contact their mentees prior to the conference, meet with their mentee on the first or second day at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the society, give conference-attending tips, and introduce their mentee to new colleagues whenever possible during the conference.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Alba Fernández-Keys
Mentor Program Coordinator

The application form for the ARLIS/NA year-long Mentoring Program will be available shortly; please watch ARLIS-L for announcements.The ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee invites members to apply for the year-long Mentoring Program, to commence at the annual conference in Denver. In order to facilitate optimal matching of mentor/mentee pairs, a short application form is required.

Please note: Attendance at the free Mentoring Program workshop, scheduled for Fri. May 2, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., is mandatory for participation in the year-long program. Workshop facilitators Heidi Hass and Tony White will work with mentor/mentee pairs to define responsibilities, refine expectations and goals, and set the groundwork for a successful mentoring relationship.

The Conference Mentoring Program is separate from the Mentoring Workshop and Pilot Program, and will take place as usual. Alba Fernandez-Keys will announce the Conference Mentoring Program on ARLIS-L.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Heidi Hass & Tony White
co-facilitators, Mentoring Program Workshop
vhhass@themorgan.org