Location

ELAB 38

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

“Build it and they will come” is a common approach for academic libraries for providing research support to their community. Like many academic libraries, Reese Library at Augusta University creates online tools to guide students in information literacy development and research, such as library guides and video tutorials; and offers support services, “Ask a Librarian” service and “Contact Your Liaison Librarian”. Providing access through the library website, promoting them via marketing, library instruction, and orientation sessions, we hope that the students we inform peruse such tools and seek assistance when needed. Although some do, but many do not.

The presentation focuses on how I became embedded online by integrating myself into the learning management system (LMS) of several education courses. This involves creating a “Library Lounge” within particular courses’ LMS – a one-stop-shop of relevant research aids, and ready access to me, their liaison librarian, within the students’ primary online space, at their point of need.

After successfully trialed for four courses within one semester, the “Library Lounge” is now an ongoing practice for several courses within my liaison area. This presentation will relay my experiences in becoming embedded online in this way. Detailed will be the thought and creation process of “The Library Lounge”, the roadblocks faced, and the strategies used to overcome them. Also covered will be the benefits, particularly for online students, challenges, and potential plans for expansion. Finally, best practices and tips will be shared, so librarians can recreate and adapt “The Library Lounge” to their context.

Presentation Description

Learn a marketable strategy to become embedded online in relevant courses in your liaison area –“The Library Lounge.” Sitting within the learning management system of relevant courses, the "Library Lounge" is a one-stop-shop of select research and information literacy aids and ready access to the liaison/subject librarian. Discussed will be the process, the challenges, and the benefits of being embedded in this way, and current plans to expand the program. Take away best practices to launch your own “Library Lounge”.

Session Goals

  • Convey a marketable strategy to become embedded online in one's liaison/subject area
  • Impart the creation and practical processes for becoming embedded online in particular courses
  • Illustrate strategies for the advocacy of an embedded online program
  • Illustrate best practices for the management of an embedded online program.

Session Objectives

  • Develop a practical strategy for embedding oneself and research and information literacy aids in relevant courses
  • Identify a process for becoming embedded online in relevant courses
  • Obtain strategies for advocacy of an embedded online program to teaching faculty and professional staff
  • Develop best practices for the management of an embedded online program.

Keywords

Academic Libraries; Embedded Librarianship; Research Support; Information Literacy; Online Students; Online Learning

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Bring Yourself and Relevant Resources to Them: Becoming Embedded Online to Support Students in your Liaison Area

ELAB 38

“Build it and they will come” is a common approach for academic libraries for providing research support to their community. Like many academic libraries, Reese Library at Augusta University creates online tools to guide students in information literacy development and research, such as library guides and video tutorials; and offers support services, “Ask a Librarian” service and “Contact Your Liaison Librarian”. Providing access through the library website, promoting them via marketing, library instruction, and orientation sessions, we hope that the students we inform peruse such tools and seek assistance when needed. Although some do, but many do not.

The presentation focuses on how I became embedded online by integrating myself into the learning management system (LMS) of several education courses. This involves creating a “Library Lounge” within particular courses’ LMS – a one-stop-shop of relevant research aids, and ready access to me, their liaison librarian, within the students’ primary online space, at their point of need.

After successfully trialed for four courses within one semester, the “Library Lounge” is now an ongoing practice for several courses within my liaison area. This presentation will relay my experiences in becoming embedded online in this way. Detailed will be the thought and creation process of “The Library Lounge”, the roadblocks faced, and the strategies used to overcome them. Also covered will be the benefits, particularly for online students, challenges, and potential plans for expansion. Finally, best practices and tips will be shared, so librarians can recreate and adapt “The Library Lounge” to their context.