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The concept of the embedded librarian has garnered so much interest in the last five years that its almost impossible to avoid, but with such a daunting scope how can faculty practically embrace a librarian partner? How big a commitment does the embedded librarianship model require and does it really pay off? Panelists from a variety of disciplines will share their experiences with embedding a librarian into their courses with varying degrees of involvement. Faculty on this panel will remark on the affect the embedded librarian has had on their course, both positive and negative, outline what was achieved by experimenting with the embedded librarianship model and offer insights to other faculty on how to cultivate fruitful relationships with information professionals.
A pivotal aspect of this panel will be the introduction of the embedded librarian spectrum. Levels of embedding can go from a one night stand (providing guidance on a single assignment) to a more involved commitment (someone to collaborative with throughout the semester from project inception to proposal to the final act). Much of the literature on embedded librarianship discusses involved, time intensive collaborations between faculty and librarian that might seem daunting to a faculty member already dealing with the rapid changes in higher education. The participants chosen for this panel will have experimented with varying degrees of embedding a librarian into their courses; presenting a spectrum of experiences will allow the the audience to consider an embedded relationship at a level that suits their needs and pedagogical goals.
Some this panel will tackle are: what worked, what didn't work, how did it change the overall experience for their students and for them as instructors. Did they see an immediate payoff or sense it? How did embedding a librarian into their course change how they developed assignments or taught research?