Onboarding 2.0: Methods of Designing and Deploying Effective Onboarding Training for Academic Libraries


Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D. and Russell Michalak, MLIS (Editors)
Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington, DE, US

Series: University Teaching and Faculty Development
BISAC: EDU029000

This book provides a comprehensive overview of onboarding library staff, paraprofessionals, and student workers in academic libraries. This book details examples of current literature regarding onboarding and libraries, and highlights the use of cases concerning institutions’ efforts creating onboarding programs for library staff. The chapters in this collection focus on a variety of onboarding practices geared towards training new hires within academic libraries. The use of cases provided emphasizes practical suggestions to improve processes and are often applicable to both library staff and student workers.

This book is a must read for all administrators, trainers, and instructional designers as tips, best practices, and lessons learned are applicable to any academic department seeking innovative ways to onboard their staff. The contributors to this collection are associated with colleges and universities from around the United States. The authors have a broad range of educational and professional experience and offer unique insights into the wide variety of methods utilized to design and provide onboarding in academic libraries. This book fills in the gap concerning the current literature for academic administrators, library staff, instructional designers, and trainers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Onboarding: A Historical Perspective
(Nicole Stayton Evans, Goldey-Beacom College, Wilmington, DE, US)

Chapter 2. Onboarding in Academic Libraries: A Summary of Past Research
(Sian Brannon, Ph.D., University of North Texas, Denton, TX, US)

Chapter 3. Principles for Designing Active and Adaptable Onboarding Experiences for Library Employees
(Dani Wellemeyer and Jess Williams, University of Missouri–Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, US)

Chapter 4. Holistic Onboarding of a Generation Y Team Member
(Rebeca Peacock, M.Ed. and Margie Ruppel, Boise State University, Boise, ID, US)

Chapter 5. The Integration of Social Media in Redesigning an Onboarding Experience for Student Workers in an Academic Library
(Xinyue Ren, M.Ed., Ohio University, Athens, OH)

Chapter 6. Onboarding through Mentoring at Michigan State University Libraries: A Case Study
(Jill Morningstar, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, US)

Chapter 7. Going beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Helping New Librarians Navigate Organizational Culture and Values
(Christina Gola and Miranda Bennett, University of Houston, Houston, TX, US, and others)

Chapter 8. Best Practices for Creating Cloud and Community Based Onboarding
(Adam H. Lisbon, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, US)

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