Embedded Librarianship:Physical Worlds & Virtual WorldsValerie Hill, PhDLewisville ISD School LibrarianTWU Adjunct InstructorVirtual World Librarian@valibrarian
Serving Patronswherever they areSchool Library Example• Embedding the librarythrough socialmedia/webmaster• Information literacyskills 21st Century• Embracing Web 2.0 &user-generatedcontent• Content evaluation &curation• Mobile appsVirtual Library Example• Embedding libraryservices in virtualspaces• Internationalinformation literacy• Embracing Web 3.0• Global spaces,virtual worlds(Skype, Minecraft,& MOOCs)“What we’re trying to do is have the library be wherever you are.” Nancy Roderer, JohnHopkins Welch Medical Library http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/09/hopkins
Physical World Embedded LibrarianPrint is no longer king of the information hierarchy.Information literacy includes allformats: print, digital, audio, video,logos, images, social media, apps,and “transmedia.”
Integrating Information Literacy:the challenge of the embedded librarianThe game has quickly changed.
Time to make your move, strategicallybalancing tradition and innovation.
Information Literacy is like breathing.Information Inhalation• Literatureappreciation• Evaluation ofonlinesources• Formats ofinformation• ReadingInformation Exhalation• User-generated• Contentcuration• Web 2.0• Writing• Videoproductionphoto credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dklimke/6732980387/">dklimke</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">cc</a>
Print or ebooks:We like both!What are digitalfootprints? AmI creating them?
Global NetworkDistance is no longer relevant. Anyone canshare user-generated across the globe.Creating a personal & professional learningnetwork is crucial.Problem: The blurry line between personal /professional life requires balance, ethics, and aclear focus of intent.
USE WIKIS to EMBED IL for patrons.
Integrating Information LiteracyInstruction as Needed
Media Mondays and Wiki Wednesdays
EEE Bar & Brown Bag LunchesAn embedded librarianshares resources andinformation literacy innumerous formats: bothsynchronous andasynchronous.
Problems with WIKIS• Different skill levels of users• Reluctance to embrace new tools (staff)• Lack of time to train users• Why reinvent the wheel? (Because learningthe tool is important.)
Social Media & PLNs
The way we search has changed.Our first “go-to” places are:David Ferriero, Archivist of theUS stated, “Students believe if itisn’t online, it doesn’t exist.”ALISE 2012
Teaching information literacy isnow TOP priority for schoollibrarians.
Web 3.0 & the Rise of a NetworkedGenerationWe all live in virtual worlds, whether or not we have avatars.
Virtual World Embedded Librarian
Virtual World Librarianship Examples• Exhibits, Museums, Displays• ACRL Virtual World Interest Group Meetings• Immersive Learning Environments• Historical Simulations• Reference Work• Information Literacy Integration
Global Information Literacy Panel
The library and the librarianare not synonymous.Take a risk and go where nolibrarian has gone before!“It may be that the great age of libraries is waning, but I am hereto tell you that the great age of librarians is just beginning. It’s upto you to decide if you want to be a part of it.”~T. Scott Plutchak
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