Location

Room 1220 A/B

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Having helped develop one type of Embedded Librarian Program at a Technical College, and then transitioning to a four-year college with an already established program, it has become more apparent that there is not one universal definition of an Embedded Librarian. The reason for these differences can be seen in the number of students and programs at an institution, the number of staff available, and other responsibilities that librarians have within their library organizations. What this shows is that careful consideration should be given when an academic library is considering starting their own Embedded Librarian Program to ensure their specific needs are being met. This paper will discuss observations on what those needs might be given staff availability and the size of the institution and suggest ways to best meet those needs. In particular, it will suggest different methods of engagement that have been tested, such as using Google Forms, as well as integrating ourselves into the Learning Management System, Desire2Learn, in addition to building strong partnerships with participating faculty. These partnerships are not only necessary but immensely valuable.

Presentation Description

Embedded Librarian Programs are not new to the field of academic libraries, but the discussion they generate is ever changing as the needs of students evolve. Even the phrase "Embedded Librarian" is one that is used frequently with different applications at different institutions. This presentation will suggest student and faculty engagement practices and discuss considerations that should be made to assist in the development of a successful Embedded Librarian Program.

Session Goals

This session will assist librarians that are interested in creating an Embedded Librarian Program at their institution.

Session Objectives

This session will:

  1. discuss challenges institutions may face when creating an Embedded Librarian Program
  2. suggest ways to engage with students to encourage success
  3. stress the importance of building relationships with faculty to ensure the success of students and an Embedded Librarian Program

Keywords

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

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 28th, 1:25 PM Sep 28th, 1:45 PM

What does it mean to be Embedded?

Room 1220 A/B

Having helped develop one type of Embedded Librarian Program at a Technical College, and then transitioning to a four-year college with an already established program, it has become more apparent that there is not one universal definition of an Embedded Librarian. The reason for these differences can be seen in the number of students and programs at an institution, the number of staff available, and other responsibilities that librarians have within their library organizations. What this shows is that careful consideration should be given when an academic library is considering starting their own Embedded Librarian Program to ensure their specific needs are being met. This paper will discuss observations on what those needs might be given staff availability and the size of the institution and suggest ways to best meet those needs. In particular, it will suggest different methods of engagement that have been tested, such as using Google Forms, as well as integrating ourselves into the Learning Management System, Desire2Learn, in addition to building strong partnerships with participating faculty. These partnerships are not only necessary but immensely valuable.