The Indispensable Academic Librarian: Teaching and Collaborating for Change

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Traditionally, academic librarians have delivered “beck and call” service to educators both in and out of the classroom. However, far from being merely auxiliary to the learning cycle, academic librarians are educators in their own right. If the primary challenge before them is to change how they’re perceived within their institutions, Reale proposes, the key lies in becoming a proactive teacher and collaborator. Offering strategies applicable to many different areas, this book shows how the academic librarian can be an educator in both structured and unstructured spaces on campuses. Blending practice-based evidence with a warm approach, Reale

  • discusses the changing perception of academic librarians, how they are seen and how they see themselves;
  • shows how academic librarians can and should assert their rightful place in the learning cycle;
  • looks at how to match teaching goals with academic librarians’ mission;
  • advocates for the indispensable roles the academic librarian should play, including co-collaborator, one-on-one research consultant, expert-at-large in non-structured spaces such as the dorm or student lounge, and embedded librarian in the classroom;  
  • offers talking points for self-advocacy, looking at the many ways academic librarians are making a difference; and
  • explores activities and programming for engagement and learning.

This book will empower and validate academic librarians by demonstrating their indispensable roles as educators.


Chapter 1    Librarians in Academia: A Place at the Table
Chapter 2    Teaching at the Reference Desk
Chapter 3    Teaching and Learning as Conversation
Chapter 4    Promoting the Spirit of Inquiry in the Classroom
Chapter 5    Collaboration with Faculty
Chapter 6    Critical Librarians and Critical Pedagogy in the Classroom
Chapter 7    Creating a Welcoming Sense of Place in the Academic Library
Chapter 8    The Librarian and Reflection
Chapter 9    Librarians as Leaders
Chapter 10    On Being Indispensable


Michelle Reale

Michelle Reale is an associate professor at Arcadia University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her books include Mentoring and Managing Students in the Academic Library, Becoming an Embedded Librarian, and Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher: Strategies for Mindful Academic Practice. Her research interests involve embedded librarianship, mentoring, narrative inquiry, and reflective practice.