For immediate release | April 5, 2024

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Onboarding with Cultural Humility and Appreciative Inquiry

CHICAGO—Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Onboarding with Cultural Humility and Appreciative Inquiry" on April 17, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Onboarding is a term that conjures up checklists and logistical tasks, such as filling out paperwork, attending training sessions, and getting added to listservs. For both new employees and their managers, however, there are also significant affective elements, including navigating organizational practices, cultural norms, and interpersonal relationships. These play an important role in shaping the new employee’s professional path and sense of belonging in the organization. While many new employees experience the tension of internal and/or external expectations to both stand out for their potential and blend into the existing organizational culture, this tension can be particularly challenging for individuals who are underrepresented or not represented at all in the organization. The presenters, both in leadership positions, have recently been on both sides of the onboarding process and will share their ideas for incorporating the concepts of cultural humility and appreciative inquiry with the twofold goal of cultivating more inclusive and person-centered experiences for new employees and transforming the traditional onboarding process into an opportunity for organizational reflection and growth.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.

Best of Core Forum: Onboarding with Cultural Humility and Appreciative Inquiry
Live Webinar: Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 1 - 2 p.m. CT


Beate Gersch, Assistant Dean for Student and Research Success, Kent State University Libraries, Kent, OH
Anna Sandelli, Associate Professor and Head of Teaching and Learning Programs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries; Knoxville, TN

Registration Fees:

Core Member: $57.67
ALA Member: $71.10
Nonmember: $79.00

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You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webinar during checkout. We offer webinars discounts based on the number of registrations you specify at checkout. If you are a Core member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the Core discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend Core member savings to colleagues at your institution.

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Mia Blixt-Shehan

Continuing Education Assistant

American Library Association

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