Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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My library is seeking to fill several professional positions, including two that fall within my division of Access Services. One is our director of Technical Services, and the other is a new position that we have titled collection management and preservation strategist. Like many libraries, we have not filled vacant positions for some time. As we look to hiring from outside the University of Minnesota Libraries, I have been giving thought to how we orient and welcome these new professionals. The human resources profession calls this onboarding and notes that effective onboarding is essential for long-term engagement and retention.

Fortunately, the University of Minnesota (UMN) Libraries have a tool kit to use when new employees join the organization. This resource has four components: a supervisor's checklist, plus lists of new employee resources (including a link to online definitions of our myriad acronyms), e-learning modules, and in-person training sessions (both required and recommended) offered by the UMN Libraries. I have been reviewing these tools as I prepare to orient these new professionals. While all are extremely valuable, they focus only on what an individual needs to do his or her job. They effectively orient the employee but pay little attention to what I would call integration or socialization. I want these people to leave at the end of the first day thinking "I am welcomed and I belong here." In addition to providing information about our business processes, how do we acculturate an individual to ensure that he or she feels comfortable as a member of the organization?

Some techniques for socialization are familiar and include scheduling lunches during the first day and first few weeks. …

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