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REPS is excited to announce that we are piloting a mentoring program for REPS members! The details on how the program works are found below. Please note that the application period for the program has now closed. Applicants will receive more information in late August.

What is a Mentoring Circle?
What kinds of topics will the mentoring circles cover?
How can I sign up?
How will participants be selected?
What happens if I’m not selected?
Who should I contact if I have questions?
Where can I find more information on the mentoring circles concept?

What is a Mentoring Circle?

A mentoring circle is a group of individuals that meet (virtually or in person) on a regular basis for an agreed amount of time during the mentorship period. Unlike the traditional one-to-one match, participants in the REPS program will join a group of four to five mentees and two mentors. The mentoring circle will give participants the opportunity to network with and learn from not only the experienced archivists in their midst, but their peers as well.

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What kinds of topics will the mentoring circles cover?

REPS will offer three different mentoring circles as a part of our pilot program:

1. The Greater Boston Mentoring Circle: This circle will meet in the Boston area in person, and will cover topics determined by the group. Examples of possible topics include job hunting, continuing education, professional development, presenting at conferences, and getting published.

2. The Virtual Mentoring Circle: This circle will meet online using a platform determined by the participants (examples: Skype, Google Hangout). Like the Greater Boston Mentoring Circle, topics will also be determined by participants. Some sample topics include job hunting, continuing education, professional development, presenting at conferences, and getting published. While we welcome all applicants to this circle, it is our hope that the Virtual Mentoring Circle will enable REPS members outside the Boston area to participate in the program. Members throughout New England are encouraged to apply!

3. The Research and Publications Mentoring Circle: This circle will meet in the Boston area in person, and will focus specifically on issues related to researching and publishing in the field of archives.

How much time will participants invest in the mentoring circle?

The program is slated to begin this fall and continue through May 2014. Participants should expect to meet once per month, and invest about 2 to 4 hours of time per month. The exact schedule will be determined by the group, and the amount of time invested will ultimately be an individual decision.

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How can I sign up?

The application period for the REPS Mentoring Circles Program has closed. Please stay tuned for future mentoring opportunities!

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How will participants be selected?

The REPS co-chairs will try to match everyone to their first choice. In the event that this isn’t possible, an applicant may be assigned to their second or third choice. In general, assignments will be first come, first serve. However, exceptions will be made in cases where an applicant is only able to participate in his or her first choice. All applicants must be:

1. An NEA member in good standing.

2. A member of REPS.

3. An early professional or student. (Applicants with more than five years of experience in the profession will not be considered.)

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What happens if I’m not selected?

The pilot program can accommodate 15 to 17 participants. In the event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spots in the program, we will create a waitlist. Depending on the size of the waitlist and the availability of mentors, a fourth circle may be created to begin meeting in either the fall or winter. If a fourth circle is not possible, waitlisted participants will receive information on other mentoring opportunities, as well as preference in any future REPS mentoring programs.

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Who should I contact if I have questions?

Email the REPS co-chairs at reps.nea@gmail.com.
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Where can I find more information on the mentoring circles concept?

For the basics on mentoring circles, visit:

Leadership in Mentoring: Multiple Mentoring (American College of Healthcare Executives)

To see an example of a mentoring circle program, visit:
Mentoring Circles (Association of Women in Science)

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