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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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Open Access Week Interview with Heather Joseph, Head of SPARC

This week is International Open Access Week! In honor of Open Access Week, our own David Shumaker interviewed Heather Joseph, the head of SPARC, a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. You can read the interview at this link to the Information Today website.

Find out more about SPARC at this link to their website, and follow the conversation about Open Access Week on Twitter using the hashtags #OAWeek2016 and #OpenAccessWeek2016

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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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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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