The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) has launched its first mentorship scheme following a successful pilot.
It aims to connect early career and mid-career scholarly publishers with a wider network of colleagues to learn from and to share experiences. The ALPSP is inviting members to be either a mentor or mentee by applying online before 30th July.
The project will take place from August 2021 to January 2022 and all new mentors will be offered the option to attend a free mentorship training day, run by the Centre for Strategy and Communication. It follows a pilot phase which ran from February to July this year, which the ALPSP said was a "great success".
Sophia Anderton, director of publishing at the British Institute of Radiology, acted as a mentor. She said: “I have really enjoyed being part of ALPSP’s mentorship scheme as a mentor, [it's] one of the most rewarding things I have done this year. I have been a manager for a long time, but this is a really different experience and one that has challenged me in a new way. I always look forward to the sessions with my mentee and would really recommend others to join the scheme.”
There are also several volunteering options available for ALPSP members. These provide the opportunity to meet and network with new colleagues, learn additional skills, give back to the community and input into ALPSP activities. For more information, visit alpsp.org.