Your competencies- what are you really
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?
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.
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.
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
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
If you encounter resistance, stress that you can
assist them with their projects / goals.