SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus
Annual Meeting May 24, 2016
1. The virtual meeting was opened by caucus convenor Dave Shumaker at 3:01 p.m. US Eastern time, with approximately 20 members in attendance. He announced that the meeting would be recorded in order to help compile minutes, and acknowledged the contributions of the Communications Team over the past year.
2. Year timeline: Dave reviewed highlights of the past year, including programs and activities, gradual growth in membership. Currently, membership stands at 88.
3. Communications update: Communications team members Laura Williams and Nadine Anderson reviewed communications activities. Laura appealed for volunteers to contribute posters, be interviewed for the website, and write up reports from the SLA Annual Conference. Nadine reminded everyone that our Twitter handle is @slaembedded and hashtag #embeddedlib and encouraged followers and tweeters to join in.
4. Finance and Organization: Dave reviewed the fact that the caucus, in line with SLA guidelines, has no money of its own, and doesn’t have any mandated officers other than the Caucus Convenor. He mentioned that we should be thinking about succession planning. He will continue to serve for the coming year, but he doesn’t intend to be Convenor for life.
There was also discussion of whether the caucus should aim to become a division. The consensus was that we should not do that, at least at the present time. In ensuing discussion of membership and growth, Marydee Ojala suggested creating whitepaper on the caucus website explaining what is embedded librarian. In further discussion, it was suggested to have additional papers on embedded librarians in different sectors.
5. SLA 2017 Program Planning: Dave currently serving as de facto program planner. He appealed for anyone who is interested to take over the job or work with him.
6. Program and Activity Initiatives
Current program ideas:
- Organization/reporting structures that embedded librarians experience and the associated challenges.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of embedded librarianship
- Prospering over the long haul: lessons learned from veteran embedded librarians
Other ideas were suggested, including:
- Ruth Kneale’s experiences in close to 20 years of being an embedded librarian in engineering teams, either as webinar or interview
- Michael Gelman – how embedded librarians can “sell themselves” as consultants
- Tara Breton: embedded librarian panel held at Pharma Division meeting in April 2016 (http://pht.sla.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SLADPHT2016SpringMeetingAgendafinalfinal03182016-1.pdf), unfortunately slides are not available; discussion of promotional strategies in the corporate sector
- Teresa Powell: budget and funding models – corporate setting may require funding librarians work from group(s) librarian is embedded with.
Anyone with questions, comments, or who would like to volunteer: contact Dave at email@example.com or his personal email. Reminder of Caucus session Monday June 13 10 a.m. in Phila. Dave closed the meeting at 3:51 p.m. (US Eastern time)