Embedded academic librarian experiences in online courses Roles, faculty collaboration, and opinion

Embedded academic librarian experiences in online courses Roles, faculty collaboration, and opinion Purpose – This paper seeks to determine common and unique activities, promotional methods, time management strategies, and best practices of academic librarians embedded in online courses at six institutions. Design/methodology/approach – This is a mixed methods study using both interviews and quantitative data to study the activities and experiences of embedded librarians at six institutions. Findings – The librarians and faculty involved in the embedded services reported unexpected benefits to the service. However, experiences with managing the time required for embedding along with regular reference duties varied, and scaling up the service from a few courses to a regular library service caused staffing issues for a few institutions. Research limitations/implications – This study was exploratory by nature and thus its scope was limited. Because only six institutions were studied, it is difficult to determine the true state of embedded librarianship in the USA. Future research should build on the foundation to determine outcomes for which embedded service is best suited and perform cost‐benefit analyses. Practical implications – Because embedded services can become popular quickly, individual librarians should work with library administrators to determine whether staffing a full‐scale service will be possible and plan accordingly. If a full‐scale service is not feasible, the service scope may need to be limited (for instance, to core courses or to specific academic departments). Originality/value – Past research on embedded librarianship has been limited to single institutions or to purposes and outcomes of the service. This paper provides a comparative study of embedded librarians at six institutions, and concentrates on the librarian's experience at each. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

Embedded academic librarian experiences in online courses Roles, faculty collaboration, and opinion

Library Management, Volume 32 (6/7): 13 – Jul 26, 2011

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0143-5124
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10.1108/01435121111158583
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to determine common and unique activities, promotional methods, time management strategies, and best practices of academic librarians embedded in online courses at six institutions. Design/methodology/approach – This is a mixed methods study using both interviews and quantitative data to study the activities and experiences of embedded librarians at six institutions. Findings – The librarians and faculty involved in the embedded services reported unexpected benefits to the service. However, experiences with managing the time required for embedding along with regular reference duties varied, and scaling up the service from a few courses to a regular library service caused staffing issues for a few institutions. Research limitations/implications – This study was exploratory by nature and thus its scope was limited. Because only six institutions were studied, it is difficult to determine the true state of embedded librarianship in the USA. Future research should build on the foundation to determine outcomes for which embedded service is best suited and perform cost‐benefit analyses. Practical implications – Because embedded services can become popular quickly, individual librarians should work with library administrators to determine whether staffing a full‐scale service will be possible and plan accordingly. If a full‐scale service is not feasible, the service scope may need to be limited (for instance, to core courses or to specific academic departments). Originality/value – Past research on embedded librarianship has been limited to single institutions or to purposes and outcomes of the service. This paper provides a comparative study of embedded librarians at six institutions, and concentrates on the librarian's experience at each.

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Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 26, 2011

Keywords: Embedded librarianship; Librarians; Distance learning; Reference

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