Beth Filar WilliamsCoordinator of Library Services for Distance LearningERIT Department, UNCG Librarieshttp://firstname.lastname@example.org January 26, 2012
A. AcademicB. SchoolC. PublicD. Government/corporateE. Archives
Embed in online classes Button/link/portal pushed into each class a librarian in CMS – threaded disc, teaching sessions, giving actual graded assignments, etc. Embed physically in other locations Located not in “main library” go into classroom in school libraries Embed w/in Teaching/Learning Center on campus Embed by co-teaching a course or traveling w/ a class
From - Siess, J. (2010). Embedded librarianship: the next big thing?. Searcher, 18(1), 38-45. Corporate: librarians are moving “into business units, working alongside other professionals to provide the information needed for informed decisions right at the point of the decision.” Academic: Subject specialists “may work in the building where the majority of their clientele works, whether or not library materials reside at the same site” OR creating Info Commons w/ computers & librarians near where student gather like café or dorm Public: the modern bookmobile, mini branches in shopping malls, downtown stores, schools w/o libraries, nursing homes… Schools: central tech services & even collections for a district; librarian visits regularly classrooms and works w/ teacher on research projects etc. instead of students coming to library room.
Sense of place? Collaborative, neutral, meet-up spot? Archives? Unique collections? Book w/ critical illustrations? Computer/internet access for some? Loss of our identity as a profession?*
• Is it our fiscally & ethical responsibility to save users time? [Ranganathans fourth law: Save the time of the Reader] supplying them w/ electronic info. being at their point of need. teaching them to search effectively and evaluate info. But how do you get them to seek us for help? …perhaps embedded librarianship, physical or virtual!
http://dlsplanning2012.pbworks.com - semi-annotated bibliography on embedded librarianship Ranganathan’s Laws of Library Science: http://www.jdcc.edu/library/RFL.pdf Shumaker, D. (2009). Who Let the Librarians Out? Embedded Librarianship and the Library Manager. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 48(3), 239-257. Siess, J. (2010). Embedded librarianship: the next big thing?. Searcher, 18(1), 38-45.