Increasingly, librarians at research-based institutions are applying the embedded librarian model in working directly with the faculty they serve as collaborators on research projects or as a integral part of a research team. As an embedded librarian in the research context, a librarian works with researchers more “upstream” in the research process rather than just with the products produced at the end of the research lifecycle: books and journal articles. The nature of these partnerships will be different according to the type of research being done and the needs of the researchers, but they will generally involve the application of the practices and principles of library science directly to the research being done.
The program is entitled “Embedded Librarian Best Practices: You can do it, we can help” and the committee is seeking librarians who have a successful model for embedding in online classes. Presenters will be required to provide a twenty minute presentation detailing their model and then be available for a Q & A period.
On Thursday March 31st, Krista Godfrey, Karen Nicholson and I participated in a panel presentation on three models of embedded librarianship at ACRL 2011. In an unusual twist, we had no convener to introduce us, so we ran the show ourselves.
The typical model of embedded librarianship, where a librarian is incorporated into a course as a co-instructor, has been applied as a means to overcome the limitations of “one-shot” library instruction classes. However, while the service provided is thought of as superior to a “one-shot” class, it can also be overwhelming for the individual librarian. When resources are thin and libraries are under-staffed, the question is: how do we solve the scalability problem? Our project aims to provide a solution by utilizing a cross-departmental, team-based approach to embedded librarianship in order to better utilize the time and talents of individual librarians, while also enriching student learning.
It is critical that school librarians work very hard to become embedded in the curriculum delivery process within their schools. We need to explore ways of making explicit connections to the vision, values and key competencies in the curriculum document. We need to understand and connect with the charter and goals articulated by our school community, and to be clear and forthright in expressing those connections to our teaching colleagues. The key competencies are thinking, using language, symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others, and participating and contributing...
What if a reference librarian was assigned to a college course, to be on hand to suggest books, online links, or other resources based on class discussion? A media-studies course at Baylor University tried the idea last semester, with an “embedded librarian” following the class discussion via Twitter.