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Slides from Today’s Webinar: “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship”

We hope that you enjoyed today’s webinar Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship. Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thank you to our panelists Jean Song, Nadine Anderson, and Joel Scheuher. The panelists have agreed to share their presentation slides from the webinar: Getting in On the Conversation – Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship slides.

We were not able to get to everyone’s questions during the webinar, but the panelists will post answers to everyone’s unanswered questions soon. We will also make the webinar recording available soon. Watch this space!

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) if you have any questions about this webinar or the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus.

 

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SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications Chair: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

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Getting to Know….Joel Scheuher, “Getting in on the Conversation” Webinar Panelist

Joel Scheuher is one of the panelists for our “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship” webinar next Tuesday, August 29, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST. If you haven’t registered yet, go to attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595, then read our interview below with Joel. This is the second of three interviews in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our three webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Joel Scheuher

Q. 1. What is your job title?

Joel: I am the Business Reference Librarian

Q. 2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?

Joel: I work at Kresge Library, which is part of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. I’ve been in this position for 2 years.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?

Joel: In addition to traditional reference services, I’m embedded with our Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) teams. These are action-based learning teams sponsored by companies or other organizations that have real world problems to solve.

End of interview

Thanks Joel!

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Getting to Know…Jean Song, “Getting in on the Conversation” Webinar Panelist

Jean Song is one of the panelists for our “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship” webinar next Tuesday, August 29, 12p.m. to 1p.m. EST. If you haven’t registered yet, go to attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595, then read our interview below with Jean. This is the first of three interviews in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our three webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Jean Song

Q. 1. What is your job title?

Jean: I am the Assistant Director of Academic and Clinical Engagement

Q. 2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?

Jean: I work at Taubman Health Sciences Library, which is part of the University of Michigan. I have worked here for over 12 years.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?

Jean: I am responsible for the management and direction of informationists and staff for the unit that is involved with curriculum integration, expert searching and partnering with the clinical enterprise of the university. The informationists at Taubman are embedded into the curricula of the health sciences schools through teaching and committee membership, as well as specific research labs, departments, and committees with designated funding for their work.

End of interview

Thanks Jean!

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Join our Webinar: Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship

You’re invited! Join the Embedded Librarians Caucus for a webinar, “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship,” Tuesday, August 29, noon – 1 p.m. US Eastern time.

This panel session will be a discussion between session participants and three embedded librarians, who will present three distinct models of embedded librarianship, representing a broad spectrum of disciplines, audiences, and goals. Participants will learn strategies for implementing embedded librarianship to engage different campus communities and leveraging it to demonstrate their value by contributing to the overall goals at their institution.

Panelists will share their strategies for leveraging embedded librarianship, including:

  • “don’t wait for the invitation: crash the party””
  • “forget the elevator speech: focus on troubleshooting”
  • “proactively engage your audience: flaunt your expertise”

Each panelist will briefly discuss their experience with leveraging embedded librarianship to contribute to the overall goals of their institution:

  • Jean Song, in a Health Sciences/Medical program, proactively interacting with faculty in order to partner in research analysis including successfully receiving grant funding to support existing grant funded projects or providing analysis on research projects such as bibliometric investigation.
  • Nadine Anderson, in a Behavioral Sciences program, proactively working with faculty on issues with undergraduate research and critical thinking skills (or lack thereof) and becoming part of the solution by partnering with faculty on educational projects and a credit course integrated into their courses and curriculum
  • Joel Scheuher, in a Business program, collaborating directly with graduate students as a member of their action based learning teams, contributing as research experts to solve real-world challenges

You must register in advance to attend. To sign up, go to: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar.

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) if you have any questions about this webinar.

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SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications Chair: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

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Takeout from the Knowledge Café at the SLA 2017 Conference

A highlight of Embedded Librarians Day, June 18, at the SLA Annual Conference was our Knowledge Café. About 23 attendees participated. They represented a diverse cross-section of organization types:

  • 7 Academic
  • 9 Corporate
  • 7 others, including Federal, Law, nonprofit, and Health Sciences

In terms of experience, the largest group were those with 3+ years’ experience in an embedded role:

  • 8 people – no experience
  • 3 people – 3 years or less experience
  • 12 people – more than 3 years experience

Suggested topics for small group roundtable discussions included:

  • How do we onboard new embedded librarians? Do you have innovative tips, best practices, lessons learned, or “special sauce”?
  • How do we market what we can do as embedded librarians to our non-librarian colleagues, many of whom profoundly misunderstand what we can do?
  • How do we convince our non-librarian colleagues to move from a service to partnership orientation towards us as embedded librarians?
  • Is embedded librarianship a sound survival strategy? Has embedded librarianship strengthened your job security?
  • What organizational/reporting structures do you experience as embedded librarians and what challenges have you experienced with them?
  • How do you assess your embedded librarianship programs and initiatives?
  • How are embedded librarians consultants, and how do we communicate our potential?
  • How is embedded librarianship funded at your organization?

There were two rounds of discussion. At the first, groups were randomly assigned to provide diverse perspectives on the topics. For the second round, groups were re-mixed by organization type. At the end of the session, each participant was invited to leave written comments.

The comments have been transcribed and grouped into three categories: basic issues and questions; specific success strategies; and key competencies for embedded librarians, as follows:

Basic issues and questions:

  • There are different definitions of “embedded librarianship”
  • There are many different ways to “embed” as a librarian
  • Embeddedness is institution-specific
  • Sustainable embeddedness
  • How do you start up as an embedded librarian?
  • Strategic embedding in curriculum
  • Challenge for all librarians – being seen as professionals versus secretarial staff
  • Embedded librarians rise and fall with, and follow the norms of, the groups and departments they’re in

Success strategies:

  • Strategic embedding in curriculum
  • Have a long term plan to go more deeply
  • Embed yourself into your clients/patrons social information sharing networks, i.e. email lists, department meetings, slack group
  • Ask your customers, “what are they doing?’ instead of “what can I do for you?” to find out what their needs are
  • Sometimes you need to go to your superiors and tell (remind) them why your skills are needed and what you can contribute to the company
  • Hold “office hours” in or near various departments
  • Have an open house
  • Get involved in curriculum planning
  • Look into the students and faculty “Point of Need”
  • Co-teach with faculty/advisors
  • Brown bags with library patrons (staff/faculty/students)
  • Use reference interview opportunities to help/partner with colleagues
  • Regular communication and meet with other departments
  • Never turn down a job (data/opportunity)

Key competencies:

  • Challenge for all librarians – being seen as professionals versus secretarial staff
  • Outreach/Inreach
  • Leading from below
  • Training – clear writing
  • Self-initiative, curiosity, and self-confidence can go a long way
  • Build relationships!
  • Be flexible!
  • Become the wizard – let people think you can find anything!
  • Find a way of organizing your clients and information in a way that works for you – email folders by people/topic/company names, etc.
  • Being very flexible – never refuse a request (helps to make yourself indispensable)
  • Analytical skills to show your value as well as your cost

See you next year in Baltimore!

SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

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Embedded Librarians Knowledge Café: What do you think of these discussion ideas? Any other suggestions?

This Sunday(!), we’re having the Embedded Librarians Knowledge Café at the SLA Conference, with roundtable discussions centered around various issues and topics. You can see the ideas Dave and I have received so far below – what do you think? Do you have any other ideas or suggestions which you’d like to discuss at this Sunday’s Knowledge Café? Dave and I will be compiling takeaways from these discussions to share with Caucus members, so even if you’re not coming to the SLA Conference, please feel free to share your ideas and suggestions with us.

  • Innovative tips, lessons learned, best practices, and “special sauce” for onboarding new embedded librarians
  • Organization/reporting structures that embedded librarians experience and the associated
    challenges
  • Prospering over the long haul and avoiding burnout
  • Assessment and evaluation of embedded librarianship initiatives and programs
  • Embedded librarians as consultants, and how to communicate your potential
  • Budget and funding models – who funds embedded librarians?

Take care, and happy travels to Phoenix!

Nadine Anderson

Communications Chair, SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

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SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus Annual Meeting (Webinar): Register Now!

All members and friends of the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus are invited to participate in our annual meeting webinar on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT.  We’ll review the past year and plan for the coming one.

You must register in advance to attend. To sign up, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1610512238277953283

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar.

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) if you have any questions or suggestions for specific meeting agenda items.

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Join Us for Embedded Librarianship Day at the SLA 2017 Conference!

Are you going to this year’s SLA Conference? Join the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus for our Embedded Librarianship Day on Sunday, June 18th at the SLA 2017 Conference. First up in the afternoon will be our Knowledge Cafe, round table discussions about embedded librarianship topics, issues, and experiences. Let us know if you have any suggestions for topics of discussion. We will continue the discussion over dinner in the evening. This is a free event, but ticketed, so make sure you sign up for it ahead of time. Here are instructions on how to sign up for ticketed events at the SLA 2017 Conference.

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) with your questions and suggestions for topics of discussion. We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!

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Embedded Librarianship Poster Presentation & Interview: Elizabeth Kavanaugh, Misercordia University

Elizabeth Kavanaugh: Embedding the Frames of Evidence-Based Practice: Intersections in Librarianship

Elizabeth Kavanaugh - Embedding the Frames of Evidence-Based Practice-Intersections in Librarianship

This poster, originally presented by Elizabeth Kavanaugh at the Workshop for Information Literacy Use (WILU) 2016, describes the embedded librarianship initiatives at Misercordia University Library, their methods for assessing these initiatives, as well as their results, conclusions, and recommendations. Embedded librarianship at this library combines the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, a campus-wide assessment strategy, and librarian/faculty/student preferences to make library instruction more meaningful across campus and across disciplines. Positive findings reflected the flexibility embedded librarianship gave librarians in working with faculty and students, and in the breadth of options that could be tailored to a specific department’s needs, course expectations, and student preferences.

Get to Know…Elizabeth Kavanaugh, and more about this study

Q.1. What is your job title? 

Elizabeth: I’m the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, with liaison duties to the College of Health Sciences here at Misericordia University.

Q.2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?

Elizabeth: I work at the Mary Kintz Bevino Library, Misericordia University, in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?

Elizabeth: My primary responsibilities are to provide reference, instruction, and library services that reflect the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, at the reference desk and in the classroom with CHS faculty, staff, and students.  I think making the connection back to our library’s mission of “welcoming all in the tradition of Mercy and guide those who gather information, raise inquiry, and embrace discovery” also connects us to the bigger picture of helping to develop well-rounded, critically-thinking students.  Embedded librarianship helps us meet the student where they are in their preferred space and preferred means of communication, too.  Our team of librarians came together to define “embedded librarianship” for our instructional purposes on campus as: “providing information literacy instruction and traditional library services to a targeted audience outside the confines of the library building or reference desk;” for us, this primarily means being added to classes via our CMS, Blackboard, with the role of “Librarian.”  Specific embedded activities may include a/synchronous instruction (including videos), announcements, discussion boards, assignment consultation, research appointments, Reference On the Go (roving), drop in hours (on campus, or online), and reference questions asked in person, email, phone, and/or chat.  (Our definitions and the ilk were added to our Resources for Faculty LibGuide under Instruction & Collection Development/Embedded Librarians, http://libguides.misericordia.edu/faculty/fac_embd)

Q.4. What advice would you give to new embedded librarians?

Elizabeth: Experiment, collaborate, and be flexible!  Whether it’s with other librarians, faculty, departmental meetings, or deans, involve as many people as possible to explore new avenues for instruction.  What works for one course, department, librarian, or student cohort may not work (or work in the same way) for the next embedded experiment, so working closely with what the faculty, students, and department asks for will need to be incorporated each time. Embedded librarianship, by its very nature, will take more time out of the day, but it has been for us, at least, a more holistic and organic instructional experience.

Q.5. Did you find differences in SAILS improvement between departments?

Elizabeth: Yes!  One of the aspects that I want to explore more are the direct connections between traditional instruction, embedded librarianship, library services (overall, workshops, roving, etc.), and SAILS to find the “perfect” combination of activities.  SAILS is one of the tools, and we’re hoping to expand its use by more seniors.  At this point, we have a sampling of senior-level students across ten departments (2014-2015, n=174). Ideally, we’re planning to expand the use of SAILS to all seniors to get a better picture of growth over their time here at Misericordia.  There are definitely outlying factors; students who graduate in a particular major may have received information literacy instruction or an embedded librarian in a different program, during a combination of years, in different subject areas than what comes through in just the outgoing SAILS test, so we’re trying to capture as much information as possible.  We’d like to see improvement over time rather than a discrete number or grade assigned to a particular student; I think it speaks better to instruction to see growth rather than a single number at face value.

Q.6. Did any of these differences correlate with differences between embedded and one-shot instruction?

Elizabeth: Since our pilot year (2014-2015), we’re still working through instructional activities, one-shots, embedded programming, workshops, roving, FYE, self-reflection data, and SAILS evaluations to see where the lines of practice affect change in student learning outcomes.  I started a trend analysis from 2014-2015 versus 2015-2016, and was able to compare data across five departments that continually use one shot, embedded, and SAILS for outgoing seniors: History, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Healthcare Management (Business department).  Since we’re just in year two, I’m hesitant to say there are trends arising just yet, but one shot instruction decreased in HCM, HIS, MI, and NSG, while embedded instruction decreased slightly in OT (also reflective of lower overall engagement in embedded and one shots, combined).  HCM and MI were also lower in total instructional activities (embedded plus one shots) from 2014-2015 to 2016, while SAILS scores remained the same or increased across all departments except for NSG.

One area that I would like to explore more is students’ self-perception of library instruction.  During the SAILS test for seniors, we ask students to reflect on their time at Misericordia and indicate whether they recall having received library instruction during FYE, freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior years (just a little extra data to see if they even remember seeing us, even if we record that we’ve seen them!).  In 2014-2015, most students indicated seeing a librarian during their senior year, with an overall average of seeing a librarian in the classroom or embedded 2.82 times during their academic career (min=1.71 times HIS, max=4.21 times MI).  However, in 2015-2016, more students indicated seeing a librarian during theirFYE experience, with an overall average of seeing a librarian in the classroom or embedded 3.51 times during their academic career (min=3.03 times HCM, max=3.88 times MI).  Going forward, I’d be interested in seeing if this trend continues in expressing student engagement preferences in the classroom versus embedded, and how those skills translate into an overall assessment of information literacy at different points throughout their careers even if instruction doesn’t come from their intended major per se.  I think this could instead speak more to our overall instruction offerings also outside of the classroom, and I’d be interested in exploring more long term effects of embedded librarianship in and outside of the majors’ context, and with SAILS as a requirement for all seniors regardless of major!

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Trust – What is it and how do you build trusted relationships?

A quick search indicates that it’s been several years since I’ve mentioned Trust in this blog, and that the past mentions have been rather oblique. That’s an omission I shall now proceed to rectify!

Building trusted relationships is central to embedded librarianship. The word trust is an excellent way to characterize the way that embedded librarians interact with other team members. So what is trust, and how do you go about establishing it?

A paper from the recent Special Libraries Association conference does a great job of introducing the concept and providing some guidelines. The paper is “Trusted Librarian: Service Model Offers Best Practices for New Subject Librarians”, by Tina P. Franks, of The Ohio State University. It’s available currently from OSU’s “Knowledge Bank” institutional repository, url = http://hdl.handle.net/1811/77565 . Apparently it’s slated for future publication in Practical Academic Librarianship, the journal of the SLA Academic Division.

While it’s not specifically about embedded librarianship, practically everything in the article is directly relevant. In fact, I’d venture to say that any librarian who follows Franks’ principles will end up embedded. She highlights the interplay of librarians’ professional expertise and relationship-building skills, pointing out that “you need to earn trust before users will value your subject expertise”, and emphasizes the difference between the transactional nature of traditional library reference service and the relationship orientation required to build trust (and be an embedded librarian).

If you’re looking for some ideas to kick your relationship-building skills to the next level, or just a refresher on the nature of trust, this may be just the resource for you.

David Shumaker

From blog post “Trust” on the Embedded Librarian blog

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