UPDATE FOR 2020: Though our events are virtual this year and as a result our mentoring program won’t allow for the in-person interaction we all so enjoy, we will still be holding the DLF Forum and Digital Preservation mentoring program this year! Though it will look a little different, we are excited to help our attendees facilitate important professional and personal connections around our event. Be sure to sign up for mentoring during the 2020 Forum registration process if you’d like to be connected with a new colleague or help someone out (or both!).
DLF has created a new framework for establishing mentoring relationships among our community members, centered around face-to-face interaction at our annual Forum. Nearly 300 people have answered yes to the following questions and chose to participate in the first three years of the program:
Are you willing to share your expertise and help grow the profession as a mentor? Want to “pay it forward” and help someone else benefit from your experience?
Do you feel like you could benefit from some guidance on how to grow your career? Would you like to have a conversation in a trusted environment with a neutral party that has expertise to offer you?
The program is meant to be lightweight, collegial, and mostly focused around the annual DLF Forum (so not necessarily a long-term commitment, although longer-term mentoring relationships have blossomed!).
DLF facilitates the matching, based on expertise and mentee requests. Mentors agree to:
- Exchange emails and/or set up a phone/video chat to get to know each other before the conference
- Meet up as early as possible at the DLF Forum, to be a friendly face, help make introductions, and generally advise on how to make the most of the conference
- Offer career advice as requested, based on their own experience
- Maintain confidentiality and exhibit professionalism in all interactions (including by adhering to our Code of Conduct)
We also provide a private discussion forum for our mentors, so that they can compare notes on their own process and mentorship philosophy, and provide feedback that will help shape the program.
If you missed the opportunity to join in past years — or are eager to be involved again — be sure to sign up to become a mentor or mentee during the Forum registration process.