Embedded Librarianship in Colleges and Universities

Rajkowski, Justin
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Embedded Librarianship in Colleges and Universities Traditionally, librarians have been confined to library buildings. Embedded librarianship is a current trend where librarians and information professionals take their services out of the library building and embed themselves into academic departments, which in turn facilitates collaboration with faculty. Embedded librarians can teach more faculty and students how to use library collections and services. Technology facilitates embedded librarianship. For example, Duke University libraries have added a chat reference module in Duke’s course management system. For many classes, students are required to use this software to complete and submit assignments, check grades, etc. This library chat service allows librarians to answer reference questions and offer information literacy instruction. This is one example where embedded librarians can use existing technologies to reach out to students who might not frequently visit the library. Librarians can: Become liaisons between academic departments and the library; Sit in during classes and faculty meetings; Set up help desks in campus buildings (near classrooms, labs, etc.); Offer Internet chat reference services and use other technologies to develop new strategies. Further Reading. Created by: Justin Rajkowski; LIS 693, Academic Librarianship; Summer 2010; Dr. Mark Tucker.
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