The Member Match program is a new initiative to engage the ArchivesSpace membership community, created and organized by the Member Engagement sub-team of the ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council, with support from the ArchivesSpace Community Engagement Coordinator. The program is intended to be a resource and venue for peer-to-peer support between ArchivesSpace members. For one, year-long term, participants will be matched with a member with whom they can receive and offer professional insight, advice, and comradery. The program will also offer participants the opportunity to engage in exclusive events and enlightening discussions about ArchivesSpace and its active user community.
Thanks to valuable feedback from the first cohort of Member Match Participants, we’ve implemented the following updates to the program:
Monthly Listserv Discussion Topics
Each month, a member of the Member Engagement sub-team will reach out to the Member Match listserv to spur discussion and encourage continued engagement between matches.
Quarterly Member Match Meet-Ups
These will be opportunities for large group socializing as well as the potential for dedicated time to spend with matches in breakout rooms.
Option to participate in small group matches of 3 people
The Member Match program engages the ArchivesSpace member community as a resource and venue for peer-to-peer support, comradery, and advice for all things ArchivesSpace, Archives, and beyond.
While any individual affiliated with an ArchivesSpace member organization may participate in the ArchivesSpace Member Match, those looking for more general archival or professional mentorship may find the SAA Mentoring Program or the mentorship program of your regional or state archival association more appropriate.
Responsibilities of Member Match Participants
The majority of communication between participants will take place virtually with no expectation of in-person meetings unless they would like to do so due to being in close distance and/or attending the same conference.
Matches will conduct an initial meeting to lay the groundwork for the relationship going forward in advance of the first cohort meeting with the ArchivesSpace Member Engagement Sub-team.
Matches will determine a workable meeting schedule with their match based on availability, interests, and capacity.
Matches will encourage each other to actively participate in ArchivesSpace member activities, e.g. webinars, posting to the listserv, serving on committees
Matches will provide feedback and guidance regarding strategies, workflows, troubleshooting, and other application-related topics.
Matches are willing to be transparent and open in communication, trustworthy, and confidential when necessary.