Building A Cloud-based Onboarding Guide for New Academic Librarians

Adam H. Lisbon, Megan E. Welsh


The authors evaluate the onboarding process at their academic library by testing a new onboarding manual that emphasizes building connections with colleagues at the institution and professional development. As a cloud-based document, all Library colleagues could comment and make suggestions, creating buy-in. Through further interviews and focus groups the authors discovered the some of the most difficult challenges of starting a new job in a new library. The study reveals what new Librarians want to see in an onboarding manual, and how they would like their introductions to their new institution to be structured.


Onboarding, Organizational Socialization, Professional Development, Academic Libraries

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American library Association Texas Digital Library