Are you a mentor? Are you nurturing a protege, a rising star in the genealogy experience? You could be. In the mentoring process there is one mentor, and one protege ( somtimes call mentee, candidate, apprentice, aspirant, counsellee, trainee or student in the literature). Some things a mentor might do in such a relationship include:
- Act as a source of information on the ethics and research principles of genealogy.
- Provide insight into the larger world of genealogy: local and national groups,libraries, archives and record repositories, local, regional and national level conferences.
- Tutor specific skills, effective work habits, and how to work well with others.
- Coach activities that will add experience and skill development such as indexing projects, transcription projects and other group and individual activities useful to enhancing success in genealogy.
- Serve as a confidant in times of personal crises and problems.
- Assist the protege in plotting his/her genealogy education path.
- Meet with the protege at agreed time intervals for feedback and planning (I’m in favor of lunch meetings myself!)
- Agree to a no-fault conclusion of the mentorship relationship when for any reason the time is right.
- Maintain the integrety of the other relationships in the protege’s life.
The above list was adapted from Margo Murray and Marna A. Owen, Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1991) pp.12-13
Are you a mentor? Do you have a genealogical mentor? Should genealogy educators be mentors? I’d like to hear your thoughts.