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Call for Proposals: Onboarding in Academic Libraries

Monday, September 18, 2017  
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Call for Proposals: Onboarding in Academic Libraries


We would like to invite you to submit your proposal for an edited volume on “Onboarding 2.0: Methods of Designing and Deploying Effective Onboarding Training for Academic Libraries” to be published by Nova Science Publishers in Fall 2018.


Interested scholars should submit a chapter proposal form by October 31, 2017.


The online submission form requests the following information: primary contact’s name, primary contact’s email address, primary contact’s institution, tentative title, other co-author(s) names and institutions (if applicable), five keywords, and chapter abstract (max. 300 words; uploaded as a Microsoft Word document). Early submissions are encouraged. All submissions will undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review. The reviewers will recommend full submissions from among the proposals.


The proposal should be a previously unpublished work. Upon acceptance of the chapter proposal, the final chapter should be completed not later than April 1, 2018. Contributions will be blind reviewed and returned with comments by June 1, 2018. Finalized chapters are due no later than July 1, 2018. The final contributions should not exceed 20 double spaced manuscript pages (7,000 words). Guidelines for preparing chapters will be sent to authors upon acceptance of the proposal.


Click here for online submission form.



Onboarding is defined as the “process of process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating and accelerating new team members, whether they come from outside or inside the organization. The prerequisite to successful onboarding is getting your organization aligned around the need and the role” (  This edited book provides a comprehensive overview of onboarding library staff, paraprofessionals, and student workers in academic libraries.




1. Review of Literature regarding onboarding and libraries

2. Face-to-Face Onboarding Initiatives (could include case studies)

3. Hybrid Onboarding initiatives (could include case studies)

4. Online Onboarding initiatives (could include case studies)

5. Designing Hybrid/Online Onboarding Training

6. Utilizing Learning Analytics



Proposed Timeline

The following represents a timeline for completing the edited volume:

October 31, 2017 – Proposal due including title, abstract, keywords

December 1, 2017 – Notification and additional information for accepted authors

April 1, 2018 – Draft Chapters due

June 1, 2018 – Chapters returned with reviewers' comments

July 1, 2018 – Final Chapters due

September 2018 – Manuscript due to Nova Science Publishers



Please forward your inquiries to:

Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D.

Director – Office of Institutional Research & Training

Goldey-Beacom College


Twitter: @monicarysavy



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