Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction

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This first book-length treatment of embedded librarianship showcases strategies for successfully embedding librarians and library services across higher education. Chapters feature case studies and reports on projects from a wide variety of colleges and universities, including some surprising settings and results.

By joining varied groups of patrons and assisting their research over the long haul, embedded librarians commit themselves to service in a very different way than they did in traditional one-shot bibliographic instruction. In this collection, we see librarians using the embedded model to become valuable collaborators, trusted instructors, and partners in shaping the curriculum and broad institutional goals beyond the boundaries of the library.

This book is appropriate for academic librarians, academic libraries, schools of information science and librarianship, library educators, and researchers.


Part One: Introduction

Chapter One. A Recent History of Embedded Librarianship: Collaboration and Partnership Building with Academics in Learning and Research Environments

Matthew Brower

Chapter Two. Beyond Instruction: Creating New Roles for Embedded Librarians

David Shumaker

Part Two: Embedding in the First-Year Experience

Chapter Three. A Faculty Perspective: Strengthening At-Risk Students' Transition to Academic Research through Embedded Librarianship

Rick Fisher and April Heaney

Chapter Four. Embedding a Library Program in the First-Year Curriculum: Experiences and Strategies of an Australian Case Study

Craig Milne and Jennifer Thomas

Part Three: Embedding Instruction Online

Chapter Five. Replacing Face-to-Face Information Literacy Instruction: Offering the Embedded Librarian Program to All Courses

Ann Schroeder

Chapter Six. Instruction Where and When Students Need It: Embedding Library Resources into Learning Management Systems

Emily Daly

Part Four: Embedding in the Disciplines & Across Them

Chapter Seven. Embedded and Embodied: Dance Librarianship within the Academic Department

Christopher Miller

Chapter Eight. Collaboration in Speech Communication: A Case Study in Faculty-Librarian Collaboration to Teach Undergraduates to Write a Literature Review

Kate Gronemyer and Natalie Dollar

Chapter Nine. A Tale of Three Disciplines: Embedding Librarians and Outcomes-based Information Literacy Competency in Business, Biology, and Communication

Baseema Banoo Krkoska, Camille Andrews, and Jim Morris-Knower

Chapter Ten. One University, Two Approaches: The Regis Experience with Embedded Librarianship

Paul Betty and Martin Garnar

Part Five: Embedding in Graduate and Professional Programs

Chapter Eleven. Kresge Library's Embedded Librarian Program: A Student-Centered Approach

Laura Berdish and Corey Seeman

Chapter Twelve. More Than a One-Shot: Innovative Faculty-Librarian Collaboration

Lisa R. Coats and Bojana Beric

Chapter Thirteen. Starring the Literature Review: An Integrative Approach

Deborah S. Garson and Eileen McGowan

Part Six: Embedding in Innovative Spaces

Chapter Fourteen. Embedded Right Where the Students Live: A Librarian in the University Residence Halls

Dallas Long

Chapter Fifteen. Extending Our Reach: Embedding Library Resources and Services within Extension

Kristen Mastel

Chapter Sixteen. Embedded Librarianship at the Claremont Colleges

Jezmynne Dene


Cassandra Kvenild

Cassandra Kvenild is Distance Learning Librarian and Kaijsa Calkins is English Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Wyoming. Both are graduates of the University of Washington iSchool. They have written and presented about their embedded projects at national and international conferences, and are planning a second book on embedded librarianship. Cass's other research interests include assessment of library services to distance learners and technological innovations in online library services. Kaijsa's other research focuses on college student reading, with additional interest in information literacy learning and assessment, and social media in learning.

Kaijsa Calkins

Kaijsa Calkins is English Research and Instruction Librarian at the University of Wyoming Libraries.

"Present[s] examples of a deeper integration of collections and librarians into the curriculum and the research life of a campus and areas where archivists can find ideas for experimentation."
The American Archivist