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Abstract

Mentoring those in the archival field is critical to the development of any professional, or budding professional archivist. The mentoring relationship is one that has the potential to inform, nurture, encourage those on both sides of the relationship. This article explores that relationship and the frameworks that foster such mentoring programs. Discussed are mentoring to undergraduates, graduate archival program students, peer-to-peer mentoring of archivists at different institutions, as well as mentoring in the tenure process. This article is meant to be at once informative about such programs as well as offering guidance for those wanting to create a similar mentoring program or foster a mentoring relationship.

Author Biography

Alison Stankrauff Alison Stankrauff is the Archivist and an Associate Librarian at Indiana University South Bend. She has been in her current position for eleven years, and prior she was a Reference Archivist at the American Jewish Archives. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelors in History from Antioch College. **************************************************************************** Michelle Ganz Michelle Ganz is the Archivist for McDonough Innovation. She was previously the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum and Lincoln Memorial University. She received her Masters of Information Resources and Library Science from The University of Arizona and a Bachelors of Humanities in Medieval literature from the Ohio State University. **************************************************************************** Thomas Sommer Tom Sommer is a Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Special Collections. He had been with UNLV Special Collections for nine years, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014. He has a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas.

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