Setting the Stage for Success: Developing an Orientation Program for Academic Library Faculty

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  • Sharon Weiner Purdue University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5860/llm.v30i1.7128

Keywords:

Orientation, Mentoring, Organizational Socialization, Employee Retention

Abstract

A multi-faceted orientation program can provide a strong foundation for self-efficacy, job satisfaction, and retention of academic librarians. At many colleges and universities, academic librarians have faculty status. Becoming a member of a faculty involves an extensive process of socialization. This paper examines the literature of higher education and library science on the topic. It identifies the characteristics of effective orientation from that literature. Incorporating an organizational socialization model with the findings from both bodies of literature resulted in a flexible, multi-dimensional model for the orientation of academic library faculty. One university library is an example that can be readily adapted in any academic library.

Author Biography

Sharon Weiner, Purdue University

Sharon Weiner is Professor of Library Science and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy at Purdue University. She is Vice-President of the National Forum on Information Literacy

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Published

2015-10-12

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Peer Reviewed