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Webinar Recording Now Available! “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship”

Couldn’t make last week’s webinar, Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship? You can now watch the recording of our webinar online at: https://vimeo.com/231800523

Special thanks again to our panelists Jean SongNadine Anderson, and Joel Scheuher. You can see their presentation slides here, and we should have their answers to your questions from the webinar posted 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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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…Nadine Anderson, “Getting in on the Conversation” Webinar Panelist

Nadine Anderson 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 Nadine. This is the last of the three interviews in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our three webinar panelists.

Q. 1. What is your job title?
Nadine: I am the Behavioral Sciences and Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian

Q. 2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?
Nadine: I work at Mardigian Library, which is part of the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus. I have worked here for almost 4 years.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?
Nadine: I do traditional collection development with both the Behavioral Sciences program and the Women’s & Gender Studies program. I am also physically embedded within the Behavioral Sciences program building three days a week, in my own office among the offices of Behavioral Sciences faculty. This better allows me to develop teaching partnerships and to provide research help to undergraduate and graduate students. I am embedded in courses and course management sites, as a thesis research consultant in graduate and honors programs, and am working with faculty and program leadership on several information literacy initiatives to strategically embed information literacy development into program curricula. Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the Women’s & Gender Studies program – many courses are taught by faculty in programs which do not fall under my responsibility – I am not able to be embedded in their program in the same way that I am in the Behavioral Sciences program.

End of interview

Thanks Nadine!

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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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