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Society for Scholarly Publishing seeks mentors and mentees to participate in 2018 Mentorship Program

January 29, 2018 – Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) announced today that it is now accepting applications for the next cohort of its Mentorship Program. After completion of a successful pilot ending in November 2017, the SSP Career Development Committee is now seeking potential mentors and mentees to participate in the program for 2018.

This program is ideal for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor. The next cohort will run from March through August 2018, and SSP is accepting applications for mentees and mentors now through February 16.

“SSP members at all career levels have realized how much they could benefit from having a mentor or being a mentor,” said Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director of SSP. “By developing a formal mentorship program, SSP is helping to shape the future leaders of scholarly communications through expansion of their professional competencies; cultivating a diverse and high-quality pool of candidates in the workforce.”

This exciting new initiative aims to connect members of SSP for the purposes of professional development, information exchange, networking, personal growth, and career advancement. The pilot matched 23 pairs of mentors and mentees who met at least monthly over a period of five months. The feedback at the end of the pilot was overwhelmingly positive with 94% of participants responding that they would recommend the program to a colleague.

“Imagine that you become 100x smarter and know all insights in the publishing industry—that’s how SSP helped by ideally matching me and my mentor,” said Roman Gurinovich from sci.AI, pilot participant. “The SSP Mentorship Program is one of the most rewarding experiences.”

Accepted applicants will be matched with a mentor/mentee by the Career Development Committee. Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month for six months in-person, via telephone, or by other virtual means. Mentors and mentees are also required to attend an online orientation and virtual discussion group. There is no cost to apply, but program participants (both mentors and mentees) must be SSP members. Please see the SSP website for more information about how the program works, eligibility requirements, and how to apply to participate in the upcoming cohort.

SSP is also seeking sponsors for this program. Interested organizations should contact Melanie Dolechek at mdolechek@sspnet.org.

About the Society for Scholarly Publishing – SSP, founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and focus groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

For more information, contact:

Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director
info@sspnet.org | 303 422 3914

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