On the Front Lines: New Opportunities in Embedded Librarianship


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  • Insti Profile 17,400 students = 14,310 undergraduates 2,518 first-time degree seeking Freshmen 100 undergraduate programs with high number of majors in College of Arts & Sciences and Business. Popular majors are Nursing and Music, but high attrition rate
  • UnivLibs profile 3.3 million items 90 staff members 12 reference staff members
  • Long standing LLCs and newer themed communities
  • Profile:- Oldest living-learning community in NC (1971)- Small, co-ed student community; approx 120 freshmen and sophomore; next year will expand to include juniors and seniors (in a dorm across the street)- Small classes (approximately 15 to 20 students) with most taught in Mary Foust Hall- Curriculum focuses on liberal arts and interdisciplinary education. Integrated with the General Education Curriculum. - In-house advising and preregistrationIn-House Librarian: Started as office hours (2/week and more at midterms and exams); not much traffic initially Developed to include curriculum integration: consulting with faculty on assignment creation with research components; creating modules that can be inserted into regular courses that include info lit concepts (source evaluation, plagiarism, research ethics) Outreach events: primarily Library Trivial Pursuit, but I also attend various events (advice night, the unconference) Library instruction: We have had difficulty in past getting library instruction into these courses, but since this relationship started we have been teaching more instruction sessions. Also the ARC virtual presence has been popular, especially chat.Sam: Fall 2010 pilot project in which we trained a sophomore student who lived in the College on library resources and spaces Goal: have a library first-responder in the dorm who could direct students to good resources in the library; also familiarity with librarians and resources Training was 15 hours per week during my early office hours (because people weren’t using me in the early part of the fall). She also shadowed for about 6-7 hours at the reference desk. Has had some traffic, but not as much as expected We hired her as a student worker in reference in Spring 2011 and she will probably stay here until graduation Other models for this: USC is doing a library advocate model (pay students $500 award for a semester of library advocacy with a capstone project)
  • Potential partners: Be creative in your collaborationsRelationship: also talk about logitics
  • On the Front Lines: New Opportunities in Embedded Librarianship

    1. 1. ON THE FRONT LINES<br />New Opportunities for Embedded Librarianship<br />Jenny Dale& Lynda Kellam<br />The University of North Carolina at Greensboro<br />ACRL Virtual Conference 2011<br />
    2. 2. UNC Greensboro<br />Institutional Profile<br />17,500 students (14,500 undergraduates)<br />Research University with High Research Activity<br />Retention efforts<br />Student Affairs/Academic Affairs merged under Office of the Provost<br />
    3. 3. POLL: How would you describe your institution?<br />Large public university<br />Large private university<br />Medium public university<br />Medium private university<br />Small public university/college<br />Small private university/college<br />
    4. 4. The University Libraries<br />Librarians are tenure-track faculty<br />90 library staff members<br />Liaison programs<br />Departmental/program <br />Student Affairs Connection<br />
    5. 5. Learning Communities<br />Variety of Special Interest Communities<br />UNCG Tomorrow, Strategic Plan: “Goal 3.3: Implement first-year learning communities for all first-time UNCG undergraduate students to encourage integration of learning across courses.”<br />
    6. 6. Embedded Librarians at UNCG<br />In academic courses<br />In academic departments<br />In learning communities (and other non-traditional spaces)<br />
    7. 7. POLL: Are librarians on your campus embedded? (choose all that apply)<br />Yes, in online classes.<br />Yes, in traditional face-to-face classes.<br />Yes, in some other way.<br />Yes, in a combination of the above ways.<br />I don’t know.<br />No.<br />
    8. 8. Case Study: Warren Ashby<br />Oldest living-learning community in North Carolina<br />In-House Librarian<br />Office hours<br />Curriculum development<br />Outreach events<br />Library instruction<br />Library First-Responder<br />More information on Warren Ashby Residential College<br />
    9. 9. Case Study: First Year LLCs<br />First Year Experience<br />UNS Class<br />Office hours<br />Grogan<br />Outreach events<br />image source<br />
    10. 10. POLL: Does your campus have LLCs?<br />Yes<br />No<br />I don’t know!<br />
    11. 11. Future plans <br />Expansion areas<br />Warren Ashby Residential College expansion<br />Honors College<br />New Living-Learning Communities and others<br />Challenges<br />
    12. 12. Best Practices <br />Identify potential partners<br />Define your relationship with your assigned unit<br />Balance outreach with other responsibilities<br />Redefine the library’s role<br />Connect with institution’s strategic goals<br />
    13. 13. Brainstorming <br />With whom have you worked on your campus?<br />What are you doing to reach out to student affairs units on your campus?<br />What are you doing with Learning Communities specifically? Or what could you do?<br />What challenges have you faced/do you foresee?<br />