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Buddy Program: Background and Goals

A resource for Buddy Program volunteers and coordinators.

Northwestern University Library Staff Association


Thank you for your interest in the Buddy Program! It could not be a success without you. 

This guide will serve as an information resource for Buddies and Buddy Program Coordinators (NULSA New Staff Officers) throughout the onboarding process. Please take a look around to get acquainted with the program, the people and the processes involved.


The goals of the Buddy Program are as follows:

  1. Connect new hires with employees outside of their immediate work area
  2. Ease new employees' anxiety and to gain a sense of belonging as they transition to a new work environment
  3. Educate new staff about our libraries' organizational culture
  4. Give new employees context regarding their role in the organization as a whole
  5. Foster a sense of community in the library