Bell, Steven J., & Shank, John. (2004). The
blended librarian: A blueprint for redefining the
teaching and learning role of academic
librarians. College & Research Libraries News,
Reference or Academic Librarian
Who are we?
Should librarians be embedded in courses?
Should embedded librarians be called
Leadership in organizational innovations
Information (literacy) initiatives
Partnerships with IT/Faculty/Community
Transforming roles and relationships
Adapting library resources and access to
Have you had an impact on your library users?
Have you influenced other librarians?
Have you created new resources or used new
technologies to facilitate learning or finding
Dewey, Barbara I. (2004). The Embedded
Librarian: Strategic Campus Collaborations.
Resource Sharing & Information Networks,
17(1/2), 5-17. doi: 10.1300/J121v17n01̱02
Journalists in Iraq war comparison
Direct interaction within partnerships
Librarian observes, shares experiences with
Share a vision of success with the group you
want to embed
Learn what they are trying to accomplish
Create ways the library resources can help
them reach their goals
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 for synergy
Becoming the Source
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 together
Partners with administrators
Subject specialists or liaisons
Grant or fundraising expertise
Involved with content in curriculum
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
Feeling you don’t know how to help them
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?
Key: if they feel they can learn something new
from you every time they interact with you.
Write a brief summary of what you learned in
the articles and share your concerns and
ideas about assuming the embedded librarian
Please include any observations you have -
positive and negative- about embedded
Let’s personalize this discussion board:
Please include your strengths and skills which
you feel will be most useful in becoming an
Please include any stories about becoming
embedded or ideas about how you would like
to become an embedded librarian.