Embedded librarianship: questions and answers from librarians in the trenches

Cassandra Kvenild, Beth E. Tumbleson, John J. Burke, Kaijsa Calkins
2016 Library Hi Tech News  
Purpose This paper aims to share the current state of embedded librarianship in learning management systems as reported by academic librarians. The paper highlights the best practices, as well as continuing questions, in the field of embedded librarianship. Design/methodology/approach The authors collected participant feedback in two active, participatory panel discussions at national conferences. The open forums were centered on three guiding themes of embedded librarianship: building
more » ... : building connections with faculty and students; utilizing technology tools; and providing information literacy and assessment. Participants answered directed questions, and their responses were recorded and analyzed for this paper. Findings Librarians report an increasing demand for library services in learning management systems. Collaboration and partnerships across campus are required for successful embedded librarian projects. Technology tools continue to evolve and change, and most librarians can anticipate using multiple learning management systems over time. There is an ongoing need for professional development in online library instruction and assessment. Originality/value This paper provides a snapshot of the current state of embedded librarianship in learning management systems. It offers insights about what academic librarians value, what they have learned and what concerns they still have about library instruction in online environments.
doi:10.1108/lhtn-11-2015-0078 fatcat:vykzvn4xwvg3tlp4mnnao6krwa