Onboarding and training a new electronic resources librarian during the COVID-19 pandemic: A reflection

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Christine M. Fischer, Head of Technical Services and Associate Professor (Creator)
Katherine Heilman, Electronic Resources Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Though many library practices and services were put on hold at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, hiring still took place in some academic libraries. This column details the process of remote onboarding in an academic library that was accustomed to in-person hiring and training, and it provides perspective from both the supervisor and the newly-hired electronic resources librarian in the UNC Greensboro University Libraries Technical Services Department. Authors seek to illustrate the process of developing a structured virtual onboarding program, as well as uncover the social challenges posed by physical distancing in a new working environment, and strive to answer the question, how does one become a part of a department when the department itself cannot meet in person?

Additional Information

Serials Review. DOI: 10.1080/00987913.2022.2044579
Language: English
Date: 2022
Academic libraries, electronic resources, libraries, onboarding, remote work, technical services

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