Presentation Title

Embed Yourself: Reaching Students Where They Are

Location

PARB 255

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Reaching students in a digital landscape is becoming increasingly more important and essential to student success, especially as institutions expand their online course and degree offerings and increase their use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). Embedded librarians have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in providing point of need services, by supporting information literacy and library resources in LMS courses. Many of these students, namely distance and online students, may never set foot physically on campus, so it becomes critical to reach these students where they are, in the digital landscape. To that end, librarians employ various levels of engagement such as embedded pages, LibGuides, toolkits, discussion boards, graded assignments, web conferencing tools, etc. to reach students and promote library services in an LMS environment.

This panel presentation will explore the embedded librarian services (or programs) at four universities: Athens State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, and Augusta University. Panelists will discuss how and what information is presented in various Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Brightspace. Each participant will also discuss their own institution’s embedded librarian services, faculty and administration buy-in, and promoting services across campus.

Presentation Description

Providing embedded librarian services is crucial to student success, particularly for online and distance education students. This panel will discuss embedded librarian aspects of various Learning Management Systems, specifically how and what information is presented as well as the benefits for students and faculty. Panelists will also discuss their own experiences as embedded librarians and posit student and faculty engagement practices that would help other librarians develop a successful embedded librarian program.

Session Goals

This panel presentation will Introduce participants to digital aspects of Embedded Librarianship in various Learning Management Systems.

Session Objectives

The presentation will discuss:

1. various methods to engage students using LibGuides, toolkits, web conferencing tools, discussion boards and more in an Embedded Librarian Program

2. how information is presented in Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Brightspace

3. the importance of building relationships with faculty

Keywords

Embedded Librarianship, Learning Management Systems, Academic Librarians, Information Literacy, Faculty Collaboration, Student Success

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Feb 21st, 1:45 PM Feb 21st, 3:00 PM

Embed Yourself: Reaching Students Where They Are

PARB 255

Reaching students in a digital landscape is becoming increasingly more important and essential to student success, especially as institutions expand their online course and degree offerings and increase their use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). Embedded librarians have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in providing point of need services, by supporting information literacy and library resources in LMS courses. Many of these students, namely distance and online students, may never set foot physically on campus, so it becomes critical to reach these students where they are, in the digital landscape. To that end, librarians employ various levels of engagement such as embedded pages, LibGuides, toolkits, discussion boards, graded assignments, web conferencing tools, etc. to reach students and promote library services in an LMS environment.

This panel presentation will explore the embedded librarian services (or programs) at four universities: Athens State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, and Augusta University. Panelists will discuss how and what information is presented in various Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Brightspace. Each participant will also discuss their own institution’s embedded librarian services, faculty and administration buy-in, and promoting services across campus.