Bell, Steven J., & Shank, John. (2004). The blended
librarian: A blueprint for redefining the teaching and
learning role of academic librarians. College & Research
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Campus innovators and change agents
Developers of campus-wide information
Designing instructional and educational
Collaborating and engaging in dialogue with
Implementing adaptive, creative, proactive,
and innovative change in library instruction.
Transforming our relationship with faculty
Barbara Dewey (2004):
- Integral part of the whole
- Experiencing, observing daily life of another
- Value-added services
Putting ourselves out there
Reference interviews outside the library
Get out of the library
Find new ways to relate to your users
Learn about parent organization
Assess your library and organizational
Get included in teams
Be the knowledge expert
Lead drive for cost effectiveness
Watch workload, staff cohesion, funding
Information literacy more meaningful when
in-context learning takes place
Evidence-based surgery meetings
PICO plus search strategies to resolve
Team teaching relationships built with
teacher-librarian and teacher-clinician
Teachers model collaborative relationships
Shared learning process
Social learning from different perspectives
Where is it strategically important to embed the
Build a presence physically, virtually, culturally
Benefits of clinical librarianship:
1. Save the time of the clinician
2. Decrease costs
3. Support decision making
4. Improve patient care
5. Librarian is detached from emotional part of
Research informationist NLM funding requests
for existing NIH-funded teams in 2011
7 awarded for:
Open access compliance
Research data management
Data preservation best practices
Library and Health Records
Integrating point-of-care resources
Library as a learning center…
…Librarian as a learning facilitator
Medicine is mobile-
Librarian support for mobile users
Newsletter of apps
Health literacy and writing a consent form
More ideas for Embedded Librarianship
Not in the Literature
This publication is a statement on the
significant role of public libraries in achieving
Leadership in organizational innovations
Information (literacy) initiatives
Partnerships with IT/Faculty/Community leaders
Transforming roles and relationships
Adapting library resources and access to meet needs
“…the ability to anticipate, create, adapt, and
deal with change (in the broadest since) as a
vital fluency for people today…” (Chronicle of
HE, March 2014)
Future Shock (Toffler):
“the illiterate of the 21st century will not be
those who cannot read and write, but those who
cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Collaborate with groups
Meet regularly with users to discuss information needs and
Provide training outside of the library
Meet with major stakeholders to discuss information
needs and services
Attend meetings, class, or conference outside the library
Communicate regularly using group’s method of contact
Critical assessment of information
Systematic reviews for fundraising or
Dewey, Barbara I. (2004). The Embedded
Librarian: Strategic Campus Collaborations.
Resource Sharing & Information Networks, 17
(1/2), 5-17. doi: 10.1300/J121v17n0102
Journalists in Iraq war comparison
Direct interaction within partnerships
Librarian observes, shares experiences with
Be open to taking risks
Team partner, not please
Get management support
Explore your organization
Shared vision with the group you want to
What are they trying to accomplish?
Think Librarian, not Library
Think outside the box
Librarian as key to success
Fruitful partnerships built on understanding
Library as new Salon
Center of influence
Mixing the disciplines
Bringing people together (synergy)
Culture of connections
Librarians appointed to key committees
Access to programming and planning meetings
outside the library
Library integrated into all components of an
Librarians must be leaders AND bring people
Partners with administrators
Subject specialists or liaisons
Grant or fundraising expertise
Involved with content in curriculum
Volunteers with underserved populations
Bowler, Meagan, & Street, Kori. (2008).
Investigating the efficacy of embedment:
experiments in information literacy integration.
Reference Services Review 36, 438-449.
Bridging the gap between different groups
Overcoming internal confidence problems
Learning that you can make a difference
Becoming familiar with the culture outside the
Feeling you don’t know how to help them
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Have you ever helped a group outside the
library in a group setting with your library
What are your strengths?
What are you afraid of?