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Embedded Librarianship: Next Steps- SWOT Analysis

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Homework for Part 2: Embedded Librarianship SCRLC

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Embedded Librarianship: Next Steps- SWOT Analysis

  1. 1. Courtney Mlinar SCRLC 2015
  2. 2. Analysis:  Strengths  Weaknesses  Opportunities  Threats
  3. 3. Your competencies Your skill-sets Your attitude Your education
  4. 4.  Opportunities  Threats
  5. 5.  Your competencies- what are you really good at?  Your weaknesses- where can you improve?  What opportunities can you identify for your role as an embedded librarian?  What threats might keep you from accomplishing your goals?
  6. 6. I would like to be embedded in the Internal Medicine Resident’s Journal Club. 1. Strengths- I know the students are having trouble finding articles in the print journals- in fact, they seem to have a disconnect about online and print journals. It’s as if they think the online journals are regular web sites. I have already composed a PowerPoint on how to find print journal articles in the library that I know will be useful to them. I also know their teacher.
  7. 7. 2. Weaknesses- I don’t know if I can convince the teacher to let me help the students. I also think that she is unaware of how much trouble they are having. I don’t want her to think I am criticizing her teaching either. 3. Opportunities- it is early enough in the semester to have a big impact on this group. 4. Threats- the teacher may not have time in her schedule to bring me into her class.
  8. 8. There is an American Heart Association Heart Walk in your community.  You could create a community partnership by offering to provide consumer health information to them for their web site/ Facebook page.  You could offer to host a link to possible donors or participants on your library web site. What would be your SWOT analysis for this situation?
  9. 9.  You  Your organization  Your library
  10. 10.  List your Tools:
  11. 11. What has worked well in the past?
  12. 12. What would be the easiest way to get started?
  13. 13. List all your possibilities…opportunities…
  14. 14.  Visibility  Maximum Impact  Accessibiltiy
  15. 15.  Take the path of least resistance  Partner with your favorite people first  Be persistent and patient…remember how much  you can help them!  People who know you care about their  projects/classes/students will always listen  Most people need the help of librarians  When you partner, do it shoulder to shoulder  Find out what they need, then offer to help them  If you encounter resistance, stress that you can assist them with their projects / goals.

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