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Hiring in an Academic Library: Fit is Essential Open Access

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Candidates readily assure search committees that they will join up, collaborate, and participate in a group. The challenge for the search committee is learning whether the candidate will truly fit with the existing group and organizational culture. How do we gauge how a new hire will ‘fit’? Hiring for fit is critical in libraries because each member of the group interacts on behalf of the library with students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Such work demands not only collaboration, but also a shared vision. This article describes how one library altered the hiring practice to address the issue of ‘fit’.

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