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Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Beth E. Tumbleson and John J. Burke
Item Number: 978-1-55570-862-7
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $67.00
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184 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-862-7
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A

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Information literacy instruction is best when it is integrated into actual research, and in higher education that means embedding librarianship into the learning management system (LMS). This new How-To-Do-It Manual is geared towards academic librarians already working with classes in an LMS as well as those considering how to begin a pilot. Tumbleson and Burke, who surveyed 280 librarians for information on related activities, also use their own first-hand experience implementing an embedded librarianship program at their university to offer guidance and encouragement.  Showing how to start a program that can be adapted and made sustainable, they include information on
  • Implementing a simple pilot program with a librarian and one or two faculty
  • Understanding and managing workload
  • 9 tips for an effective email solicitation asking faculty to participate
  • 10 selling points to attract students to LMS services 

Table of Contents


1 An Introduction to Embedded Librarianship
LMS Embedded Librarianship
A Survey of LMS Embedded Librarians
LMS Embedded Librarianship is the Solution
LMS Embedded Librarianship Makes Information Literacy Accessible

2 The Embedded Librarian and the LMS
Why the LMS?
LMS Choices
Common Features and Capabilities Among the LMS
What Information and Resources Could Librarians Share in the LMS?
What Could Librarians Communicate With LMS Tools?
Questions to Consider When Implementing Embedded Librarianship in the LMS

3 Creating a Pilot Program
Scope of a Pilot Program
Planning a Pilot Program
Becoming Informed on Programs and Best Practices
Building Skills with the LMS
Selecting Services to Offer
Identifying and Recruiting Faculty Collaborators
Implementing the Pilot
Assessing the Results
Modifying and Improving

4 Marketing LMS Embedded Librarianship
Why Market?
LMS Embedded Librarian Survey
Marketing: Past and Present
Connecting with Faculty
Reaching Students
Marketing Techniques

5 Building the Embedded Librarian Presence: Instructional Content and Instructional Design
Starting with a Plan
The ADDIE Model

6 Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid Courses
Online Learning Courses
Face-to-Face Courses
Hybrid or Blended Courses
Interactivity with Students

7 Assessing the Impact of Embedded Librarians
The Focus of Your Assessment
Assessment Methods
Examples of Assessing Embedded Librarian Programs

8 Extending Your Reach while Coping with Workload Issues Workload
LMS Embedded Librarian Survey
Examining Your Progress
Collecting and Analyzing Data
Reporting Results
Decisions: Which Campus Constituencies?
Workload Implications
Workload Models and Solutions
Standardized Templates
Reuse and Reposition Content
Excuses: Resistance or Receptivity
Making Time: Review, Realign, and Stop
New Directions

9 Future Developments in Embedded Librarianship
What Is Coming?
The Growth of Online Learning
What Can the Embedded Librarian Do?
Stay Current with Embedded Developments
Follow Best Practices
Grow the Service
What Should Embedded Librarianship Become?
A Larger Practitioner Community
A Research Agenda
The Predominant Form of Information Literacy Instruction

About the Authors

About the Authors

Beth E. Tumbleson is assistant director of the Gardner-Harvey Library, on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University (Ohio). She earned her M.S. in library science from Simmons School of Library Science, M.A. in church history from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and B.A. in English and French from Dickinson College. Throughout her career, she has worked as an academic, school, and corporate librarian. She has co-authored book chapters and journal articles. John J. Burke is the Director of the Gardner-Harvey Library and a past president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO).  He has held positions in systems, reference, and public service and was program director for a web-based associate degree in library technology at the University of Cincinnati – Raymond Walters College. He is author of three books, including The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, now in its fourth edition. 

The authors have presented on embedded librarianship at various national, state and regional conferences including ACRL, LOEX, and the LITA National Forum.


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