The registration form for Conference Networking is now online here: http://www.vra-arlis2011.org/confMentorProgram.taf
The deadline for registration is March 1st
If you are attending your first or second ARLIS/NA or VRA conference you might have many questions and need help developing your professional network. The Conference Networking Program provides you with an experienced VRA or ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues. For ARLIS/NA and VRA veterans, this is a fine opportunity to make a significant impact in your profession at a personal level.
Those requesting mentors will be matched with those volunteering to serve as mentors by the Program Coordinators based on the information drawn from the registration form. Both mentors and newcomers will be notified before the conference.
Mentors are expected to contact their mentee prior to the conference, meet with their mentee the first or second day at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the organization, give conference-attending tips, and introduce new members to others at any and all events to help that person build his or her own network within the organization. The estimated time commitment is a couple hours, spread over the course of the conference.
Prerequisites to be a mentor are to have attended one or more recent ARLIS or VRA conference and be reasonably well acquainted within the organization. The only prerequisite for newcomers is to be a first (or second) time conference attendee.
This is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback. Both mentors and newcomers have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.
Please submit the registration form here: http://www.vra-arlis2011.org/confMentorProgram.taf by March 1, 2011.
Questions may be directed to Maggie Portis (MPortis [at] NYSID [dot] EDU) or Marcia Focht (mfocht [at] binghamton [dot] edu).