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Embedded Librarian Posters: Nadine Anderson, Behavioral Sciences Librarian

Nadine Anderson: Poster

This poster is for my role as the embedded Behavioral Sciences Librarian at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. My faculty already know me well,  so this is geared towards my students in the Behavioral Sciences; to get my name and face out there as someone who can help them with their research from my office in the Behavioral Sciences department so they know they don’t have to traipse all the way across campus to the library to get research help. I’ve put this poster up in several prominent places around the Behavioral Sciences department: on the door to the Behavioral Sciences office, in their graduate student lounge, and in the Behavioral Sciences computer lab. I’ve received great feedback from my faculty on it, students seem to recognize me a lot more, and I’m getting more “drop ins” for research help at my Behavioral Sciences office. This poster has been a great marketing tool!

Nadine Anderson - 11X17 Poster

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Embedded Librarian Posters: Laura Williams, Reading List & Collection Development Librarian

Laura Williams: Poster and Postcard

In my role as Reading List and Collection Development Librarian at the University of Huddersfield for the Business School, I’ve made use of both a poster and a postcard to promote myself and the help I can provide to academic staff.
I designed this postcard to introduce myself to all the academic staff in the Business School, with the intention of letting them know who I am, and what I can do for them. My office is located in the library rather than the Business School, and I’m new to the university, so the postcard was a good way to get the message out to the 140 plus academics in the school. A postcard was sent to every member of academic staff, in a hand addressed envelope, to separate it out from the marketing post they likely recieve. I’ve had more people recognise me around the building now, and know who I am when we meet for one to one training appointments.

Embedded Librarian Postcard: Laura Williams, Reading List & Collection Development Librarian

To complement the postcard I also created a poster to use when I’m out roving in the school offering drop in support to staff, helping with their reading lists.

Embedded Librarian Poster: Laura Williams, Reading List and Collection Development Librarian

I take the poster out with me, and put it up boards around the building, whenever I am doing any ‘roving’ work in the Business School. By having a poster specifically tailored to my role, rather than the library, I am able to catch people’s attention.

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David Shumaker: “Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch”

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I read this phrase in an article in yesterday’s Washington Post. (See citation below.) The article is about a U.S. company’s expansion into the Russian marketplace. Apparently the company has been very successful despite many challenges in doing business in Russia over the past decade or more. The article ends with the observation that “[c]ompanies bent on expanding abroad must be attuned to the culture of a country and enmeshed in its life to truly succeed. … ‘Culture eats strategy for lunch.'”

You may ask, what in the world does this have to do with embedded librarianship?

Here’s the thing: I still see librarians setting strategy in a vacuum. They get it that the library walls have come down, and that library services now need to reach outside the building, but they develop their plans without really taking into account — and becoming part of — the life and culture of their communities. They approach the community as outsiders from “the library”, rather than building their identity as members of that community. One of the advantages that effective embedded librarianship brings is engagement, so that the librarians really become “enmeshed” in their communities. So, take a fresh look at your strategy. Does it really make your library operation a part of the community you serve? If not, you may want to integrate embedded librarianship into it. Or, culture may eat it for lunch…

Reference: Fairchild, G. (2016, March 13) “Selling in Russia? ‘Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch.'” Washington Post, p. G2.

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Latest Update from David Shumaker

Greetings Caucus members!

This is #3 in our series to keep you up to date with what’s going on in the Embedded Librarians Caucus.

Since the previous update sent November 30, there have been a couple newsworthy developments:

  • Membership has grown from 81 to 83. Thank you all for supporting the caucus!
  • Our first webinar, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job”, was held on Dec. 15. It was a tremendous success with approximately 120 participants. Our panelists, Rachael Altman, Nadine Anderson, Mia Breitkopf, Jamie Marie Keller-Aschenbach, and George Peckham-Rooney, did a fantastic job.  In case you missed it, I wish I could point you to the recording so you could listen to it – but unfortunately when we posted the recording, the response was so great that we crashed our server. So, stay tuned while we get that straightened out and come up with an alternate hosting platform.

Currently we need help with two things:

  1. Our next webinar. There’s still time for us to put on another one before June if we act quickly. A couple ideas have been suggested. Both of them are great ideas, but maybe you have another one! Or perhaps you’d like to be a panelist for one. Email me to share your thoughts or volunteer. Here are the 2 ideas:
    1. Keeping your embedded librarian job: techniques for success over the long haul
    2. The hiring manager’s perspective: what information services managers look for in candidates
  2. We need to develop plans for our Caucus meeting at the Annual Conference next June in Philadelphia. If you have suggestions or would like to help organize this, please let me know. I’m thinking along the lines of a short business meeting, followed by an informal event where members and friends can get to know one another – what are your thoughts?

Last but not least, please keep in touch! Follow us on our @SLAEmbedded Twitter account, post to this list or contact me atcaucusadmin@embedded.sla.org or david.shumaker3@verizon.net  with your ideas and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.

–Dave Shumaker

Caucus Convenor

 

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Get to know George Peckham-Rooney, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job” Webinar Panelist

George Peckham-Rooney is an embedded librarian and one of the panelists for our “How To Get An Embedded Librarian Job” webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. US Eastern time. If you haven’t registered yet, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/616204068926469633, then read our interview below with George. This is the fifth and last interview in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…George Peckham-Rooney

Q. 1. What is your job title?

George: Business Analyst I

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

George: Emory University Law School, for 3 days

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

George: I work in the graduate admissions department at the law school. My role revolves around managing their admission data to help key stakeholders better understand the student population and better meet their needs.

Q.4. How did you get your job?

George: I got the job through a traditional application.

End of interview

Thanks George!

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Get to know Nadine Anderson, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job” Webinar Panelist

Nadine Anderson is an embedded librarian and one of the panelists for our “How To Get An Embedded Librarian Job” webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. US Eastern time. If you haven’t registered yet, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/616204068926469633, then read our interview below with Nadine. This is the fourth interview in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Nadine Anderson

Q. 1. What is your job title?

Nadine: Behavioral Sciences Librarian

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

Nadine: At the University of Michigan-Dearborn, since January 2014.

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

Nadine: I am the subject librarian for the Behavioral Sciences, which mainly involves teaching and providing research help to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as some collection development work. I am embedded in the Behavioral Sciences department 3 or 4 days a week (in my own office among other faculty offices), in courses and course management sites, as a thesis research consultant in their graduate and honors programs, and am working with faculty and the department on several information literacy initiatives to strategically embed information literacy development into their non-scaffolded undergraduate program curricula.

Q.4. How did you get your job?

Nadine: I applied for a traditional Subject Liaison position that turned out in the campus interview to be an Embedded Librarian position! I convinced both the library and the Behavioral Sciences department that I’d be a good fit for their communities.

End of interview

Thanks Nadine! Our next “Getting to know you” webinar panelist interview will be with George Peckham-Rooney on Monday. Stay tuned!

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Get to know Mia Breitkopf, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job” Webinar Panelist

Mia Breitkopf is an embedded librarian and one of the panelists for our “How To Get An Embedded Librarian Job” webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. US Eastern time. If you haven’t registered yet, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/616204068926469633, then read our interview below with Mia. This is the third interview in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Mia Breitkopf

Q. 1. What is your job title?

Mia: Online and Hybrid Learning Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian)

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

Mia: I just joined the community at The College at Brockport, State University of New York at the end of October 2015. Before that, I worked for two years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in what I consider to be an embedded librarian position.

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

Mia: As the first Online and Hybrid Learning Librarian at Brockport, I am part of the reference and instruction team. My librarian colleagues and I are working together to establish a presence in online courses, creating a strategy and a set of best practices as the College expands its online learning offerings. Embedding librarians into online learning communities—in a meaningful way—will be a vital library service.

At Wharton I was embedded in the Executive Education division, partnering with faculty and staff to design and deliver learning experiences for executives in online learning environments. Community management, research, understanding users’ information needs, and knowledge management were a handful of my librarian-like responsibilities.

Q.4. How did you get your job?

Mia: The job description fit me well: though librarian was nowhere in there, when I read it I was imagining how I’d be a good candidate because of my education background and the MLIS program I had just finished at Syracuse University. I made my case!

End of interview

Thanks Mia! Our next “Getting to know you” webinar panelist interview will be with Nadine Anderson on Friday. Stay tuned!

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Get to know Rachael Altman, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job” Webinar Panelist

Rachael Altman is an embedded librarian and one of the panelists for our “How To Get An Embedded Librarian Job” webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. US Eastern time. If you haven’t registered yet, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/616204068926469633, then read our interview below with Rachael. This is the second interview in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Rachael Altman

Q.1. What is your job title?

Rachael: Corporate Research Analyst

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

Rachael: Grant Thornton International Ltd., for 1.5 years

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

Rachael: I work in the risk management and independence department. The main function of my job is to research the firm’s incoming clients to mitigate risk and avoid conflicts of interest. I consider the role to be an embedded librarian for two reasons: 1. I work at an accounting firm so people are always shocked when they find out my background is in English and Library and Information Science. 2. I started my career in academia–even though the work environment is different, many of the skills and experiences are relevant and transferable. In my previous roles I was teaching information literacy classes and assisting students with research for papers. Now I spend my days processing dozens of research requests on potential clients and leading training sessions to teach our member firms how to use databases and the Internet for research.

Q.4. How did you get your job?

Rachael: I learned about my job while preparing for an interview for another job! I was interviewing for a job with Morningstar. In order to prepare, I reached out to Bridget Ginty (SLA Illinois member) who is the librarian at Morningstar. She said, I hope this job works out for you, but in case it doesn’t…check out this job at Grant Thornton. This job didn’t just fall into my lap, though. When I decided I wanted to transition to the corporate sector, I dedicated all of my time and effort to the job search. It definitely paid off!

End of interview

Thanks Rachael! Our next “Getting to know you” webinar panelist interview will be with Mia Breitkopf on Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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Get to know Jamie Marie Keller-Aschenbach, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job” Webinar Panelist

Jamie Marie Keller-Aschenbach is an embedded librarian and one of the panelists for our “How To Get An Embedded Librarian Job” webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. US Eastern time. If you haven’t registered yet, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/616204068926469633, then read our interview below with Jamie. This is the first interview in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Jamie Marie Keller-Aschenbach

Q.1. What is your job title?

Jamie: My job title is Head of Research and Access Services

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

Jamie: I’ve worked here at Florida Coastal School of Law for a little over 5 years. Prior to that, I’ve worked in law firms and engineering firms conducting knowledge management and competitive intelligence research.

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

Jamie: I do a bit of everything library and IT related! I supervise student workers on the combined circulation, reference, and IT help desk. I’m ultimately responsible for all circulation and reference duties, though most of it I delegate to my student workers. I am also an academic advisor and teach a 3-credit Advanced Legal Research course at least once a year.

I work closely with the clinics, moot court team, and mock trial team conducting research training at the beginning of each semester.

I’m truly embedded in our law review. I hold office hours in the law review office mid-day Thursdays and in the evenings Mondays and Tuesdays where I assist with everything from Bluebook citations to ILLs to evaluating sources.

Q.4. How did you get your job?

Jamie: By being forcefully helpful! Really, that’s all it took.

End of interview

Thanks Jamie! Our next “Getting to know you” webinar panelist interview will be with Rachael Altman next Monday. Stay tuned!

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An Update from David Shumaker

Greetings Caucus members!

This is #2 in our series to keep you up to date with what’s going on in the Embedded Librarians Caucus.

Since the previous update in early October, there have been several newsworthy developments:

  • Membership has grown from 67 to 81! Thank you all for supporting the caucus!
  • Our first webinar, “How to Get an Embedded Librarian Job”, was announced for Dec. 15, 1:00—2:30 p.m. US Eastern time. It will feature five Caucus members sharing their experiences and insights. Already, 244 people have signed up! Are you one of them? If not, you can still register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/616204068926469633
  • I filed our first annual Caucus report to SLA last week. It will be posted on our website in the near future. The annual report is required for us to get our SLA dues allotment and maintain our status with SLA.

Speaking of SLA, coming up we’ll need to develop plans for our Caucus meeting at the Annual Conference next June in Philadelphia. If you have suggestions or would like to help organize this, please let me know. I’m thinking along the lines of a short business meeting, followed by an informal event where members and friends can get to know one another – what are your thoughts?

Last but not least, please keep in touch! Contact me at caucusadmin@embedded.sla.org or david.shumaker3@verizon.net with your ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.

–Dave Shumaker
Caucus Convenor

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