Presentation Title

Embedded Librarianship: Building Relationships and Benefiting Students and Faculty

Location

Room 212

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

The Reference Librarians at Horry Georgetown Technical College have created an Embedded Librarian Program that is still evolving. While the program is still in it's relative infancy, we have started to see improvement through different methods of assessments. We have also had the opportunity to incorporate activities and develop discussions that work towards achieving the goals of the Information Literacy Framework. Specifically, we have tried different methods of engagement, particularly with the use of Google Forms, as well as integrating ourselves in our Learning Management System, Desire2Learn. Having a role in D2L allows us to be involved in discussion board postings, listen to issues students are commonly having, as well as post content that directly meets their needs. However, the method that has proven most helpful to us has been the incredible support we have from our participating faculty. These partnerships are not only necessary but immensely valuable. Faculty have provided us with multiple class periods to help get around the one-shot library instruction, continually promoted us in their classes, and have made using the librarian mandatory for research assignments. While we are aware of issues that still arise, we are fortunate to have faculty that are willing to fully discuss those issues and how we can best improve student success.

Presentation Description

Embedded Librarian Programs are not new to the field of academic libraries, but the discussion they generate is every changing as the needs of students evolve. While engagement with students is obviously essential, collaboration with faculty is vital in order to fully encourage student success. This presentation will discuss how the Librarians at Horry Georgetown Technical College were able to develop an Embedded Librarian Program and what their greatest takeaways have been.

Keywords

Embedded, academic, information literacy, faculty collaboration, assessment, partnerships, library programs, student success

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Sep 15th, 8:30 AM Sep 15th, 9:45 AM

Embedded Librarianship: Building Relationships and Benefiting Students and Faculty

Room 212

The Reference Librarians at Horry Georgetown Technical College have created an Embedded Librarian Program that is still evolving. While the program is still in it's relative infancy, we have started to see improvement through different methods of assessments. We have also had the opportunity to incorporate activities and develop discussions that work towards achieving the goals of the Information Literacy Framework. Specifically, we have tried different methods of engagement, particularly with the use of Google Forms, as well as integrating ourselves in our Learning Management System, Desire2Learn. Having a role in D2L allows us to be involved in discussion board postings, listen to issues students are commonly having, as well as post content that directly meets their needs. However, the method that has proven most helpful to us has been the incredible support we have from our participating faculty. These partnerships are not only necessary but immensely valuable. Faculty have provided us with multiple class periods to help get around the one-shot library instruction, continually promoted us in their classes, and have made using the librarian mandatory for research assignments. While we are aware of issues that still arise, we are fortunate to have faculty that are willing to fully discuss those issues and how we can best improve student success.