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Embedding Librarians
in Virtual Communities
Valerie Hill, PhD (Valibrarian Gregg)
Texas Woman’s University
School of Libra...
Serving Patrons
wherever they are
“What we’re trying to do is have the library be wherever you
are.” Nancy Roderer, John H...
Physical World Librarian
Print is no longer king of the information hierarchy.
Information literacy includes
all formats:
...
Integrating Information Literacy:
the challenge of the embedded librarian
The game has quickly changed.
Time to make your move, strategically
balancing tradition and innovation.
Information Literacy is like breathing.
Information Inhalation
• Literature
appreciation
• Listening &
viewing
• Reading
•...
Information Literacy includes all formats:
physical, virtual, and augmented.
•Digital literacy
•Media literacy
•Traditiona...
Information Literacy
and Digital Citizenship
An embedded librarian shares
resources and information literacy
in numerous f...
The way we search has changed.
Our first “go-to” places are:
David Ferriero, Archivist
of the US
stated, “Students believe...
Social Media & PLNs
Web 3.0 & the Rise of a Networked
Generation
We all live in virtual worlds, whether or not we have avatars.
Virtual World Embedded Librarian
Global Information Literacy Panel
Virtual World Librarianship Examples
• Exhibits, Museums, Displays
• Immersive Learning Environments
• Historical Simulati...
Embedded Librarians
can be Physical or Virtual
“The embedded librarian combines proactivity
and energy with strong working...
The library and the librarian
are not synonymous.
Take a risk and go where no
librarian has gone before!
“It may be that t...
Embedded? Librarians in
Cyberspace
David Shumaker
Catholic University of America
For the
ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Grou...
The Story of the Embedded Librarian
Who Wasn’t
Embedded Librarianship Isn’t …
Dependent on Place 20
Embedded Librarianship Isn’t …
Driven by Technology 21
Embedded Librarianship Isn’t …
Only about Teaching 22
Embedded Librarianship Is…
23
Relationship
Mutual understanding
Shared goals
Customized, high-value contributions
Team mem...
Embedded Librarians in Distance
Learning
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Curriculum development
Course design
Collaborating with subject instructors
Co...
Information literacy “is not extraneous to
the curriculum but is woven into the
curriculum’s content, structure, and
seque...
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27
Epilogue
The best way to
predict the future is
to invent it.
--Alan Kay
Photo: Macbird, Bonnie. (31 March 2007) “Alan C...
For More Information…
Email: shumaker@cua.edu
Blog: http://www.embeddedlibrarian.com
Book:
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Bibliography
ALA. (2013). Standards for the 21st Century Learner. http://www.ala.org/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learnings...
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  • As media formats change…so do the terms for literacy --- information literacy, digital literacy, media literacy and a new term I am hearing – transliteracy (See http://librariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com) Print is, of course, still important- but are they always the best choice for learning? This giant dictionary is now an antique!
  • Ok, well it looks like we have a lot of embedded librarians. You all are in a great position to affect how your institutions implement MOOCs. Everyone else, you have some work to do. So, since many of you are experienced embedded librarians, I’ll very briefly review the characteristics. There are 5 factors:• Relationship• Mutual understanding• Shared goals• Customized, high-value contributions• Team membershipWhen we relate this to MOOCs, it means that librarians need to have strong working relationships with the people who are developing the strategy for MOOCs. We need to understand the forces driving our institutional strategies – and we need to convince the leaders that we have something to contribute. We need to share the institution’s goals: in other words, it’s not about the library; it’s about fulfilling the institution’s mission. We need to then deliver on our promise and make a difference. Ultimately, then, we need to get on board and be part of the team, and not act in isolation.
  • Ok, well it looks like we have a lot of embedded librarians. You all are in a great position to affect how your institutions implement MOOCs. Everyone else, you have some work to do. So, since many of you are experienced embedded librarians, I’ll very briefly review the characteristics. There are 5 factors:• Relationship• Mutual understanding• Shared goals• Customized, high-value contributions• Team membershipWhen we relate this to MOOCs, it means that librarians need to have strong working relationships with the people who are developing the strategy for MOOCs. We need to understand the forces driving our institutional strategies – and we need to convince the leaders that we have something to contribute. We need to share the institution’s goals: in other words, it’s not about the library; it’s about fulfilling the institution’s mission. We need to then deliver on our promise and make a difference. Ultimately, then, we need to get on board and be part of the team, and not act in isolation.
  • As Alan Kay said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” I hope this presentation has triggered some ideas and energized you to take action and invent your embedded future.
  • As you invent your future, please stay in touch. Email me. Check out the Embedded librarian blog for an occasional update on embedded librarianship. Get the full picture and a detailed map for inventing your future from the book. I wish you the very best success, and hope to hear from you!
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    1. 1. Embedding Librarians in Virtual Communities Valerie Hill, PhD (Valibrarian Gregg) Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies David Shumaker (Dmitri Starsmith) Clinical Associate Professor Dept. of Library and Information Science Catholic University of America ACRL Virtual World IG & ALA CVL MIG April 27, 2014
    2. 2. Serving Patrons wherever they are “What we’re trying to do is have the library be wherever you are.” Nancy Roderer, John Hopkins Welch Medical Library http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/09/hopkins
    3. 3. Physical World Librarian Print is no longer king of the information hierarchy. Information literacy includes all formats: print, digital, audio, video, log os, images, social media, apps, 3D worlds and “transmedia.”
    4. 4. Integrating Information Literacy: the challenge of the embedded librarian The game has quickly changed.
    5. 5. Time to make your move, strategically balancing tradition and innovation.
    6. 6. Information Literacy is like breathing. Information Inhalation • Literature appreciation • Listening & viewing • Reading • Collecting & curating • Evaluating sources Information Exhalation • Writing • Podcasting & recording • Web 2.0 • Filming Videos • Building 3D content • Reflection on personal growth photo 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>
    7. 7. Information Literacy includes all formats: physical, virtual, and augmented. •Digital literacy •Media literacy •Traditional literacy •Transliteracy •Audio-Visual literacy •Web literacy •Print literacy •Balanced literacy •Metaliteracy
    8. 8. Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship An embedded librarian shares resources and information literacy in numerous formats: both synchronous and asynchronous- both physical and digital. Examples: Media Mondays, Wiki Wednesdays, online resources, tutorials, content curation, makerspaces, live chat, or virtual worlds.
    9. 9. The way we search has changed. Our first “go-to” places are: David Ferriero, Archivist of the US stated, “Students believe if it isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.” ALISE 2012
    10. 10. Social Media & PLNs
    11. 11. Web 3.0 & the Rise of a Networked Generation We all live in virtual worlds, whether or not we have avatars.
    12. 12. Virtual World Embedded Librarian
    13. 13. Global Information Literacy Panel
    14. 14. Virtual World Librarianship Examples • Exhibits, Museums, Displays • Immersive Learning Environments • Historical Simulations • Reference Work • Information Literacy in new formats • Professional Development • Global Professional Networking
    15. 15. Embedded Librarians can be Physical or Virtual “The embedded librarian combines proactivity and energy with strong working relationships, close alignment with team goals and objectives, shared responsibility for outcomes, and full membership in the team.” Shumaker, D. (2012). The Embedded Librarians. Online, 36(4), 24-27.
    16. 16. The library and the librarian are not synonymous. Take a risk and go where no librarian has gone before! “It may be that the great age of libraries is waning, but I am here to tell you that the great age of librarians is just beginning. It’s up to you to decide if you want to be a part of it.” ~T. Scott Plutchak
    17. 17. Embedded? Librarians in Cyberspace David Shumaker Catholic University of America For the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group April 27, 2014
    18. 18. The Story of the Embedded Librarian Who Wasn’t
    19. 19. Embedded Librarianship Isn’t … Dependent on Place 20
    20. 20. Embedded Librarianship Isn’t … Driven by Technology 21
    21. 21. Embedded Librarianship Isn’t … Only about Teaching 22
    22. 22. Embedded Librarianship Is… 23 Relationship Mutual understanding Shared goals Customized, high-value contributions Team membership
    23. 23. Embedded Librarians in Distance Learning 24 Curriculum development Course design Collaborating with subject instructors Collaborating with students
    24. 24. Information literacy “is not extraneous to the curriculum but is woven into the curriculum’s content, structure, and sequence.” --ACRL, Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education 25
    25. 25. 26
    26. 26. 27 Epilogue The best way to predict the future is to invent it. --Alan Kay Photo: Macbird, Bonnie. (31 March 2007) “Alan C. Kay.” Viewpoints Research Institute (http://www.vpri.org ) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Alan_Kay2.jpg Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. (Accessed May 6, 2013)
    27. 27. For More Information… Email: shumaker@cua.edu Blog: http://www.embeddedlibrarian.com Book: 28
    28. 28. Bibliography ALA. (2013). Standards for the 21st Century Learner. http://www.ala.org/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/standards Gant, Scott. (2007). We’re All Journalists Now. New York: Free Press. Gleick, J. (2011). The information: A history, a theory, a flood. Pantheon. Grassian, Esther. (2012). Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking. https://sites.google.com/site/teachinfolit/ (accessed January 15, 2014). Hill, Valerie, and Hyuk-Jin Lee. (2009). Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in second life. Library Hi Tech 27, (3): 338-56. Howard, H. (2012). Looking to the future: Developing an academic skills strategy to ensure information literacy thrives in a changing higher education world. Journal Of Information Literacy, 6(1), 71-81. Kenton, J. and Blummer, B. (2010). Promoting Digital Literacy Skills: Examples from the Literature and Implications for Academic Librarians. Community & Junior College Libraries, 16(2), 84-99. Kolowich, Steve. (2010). Embedded Librarians. Inside HigherEd. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/09/hopkins (accessed March 22, 2014). McCluskey, C. (2013). Being an embedded research librarian: supporting research by being a researcher. Journal Of Information Literacy, 7(2), 4-14 Plutchak, T. Scott. (2007). The Librarian: Fantastic Adventures in the Digital World. Serials, 20(2), 87-91. Shumaker, D. (2012). The Embedded Librarians. Online, 36(4), 24-27. Webber, Sheila and Diane Nahl. (2011). Sustaining Learning for LIS through use of a Virtual World. IFLA Journal (37)(1): 5-15.
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