Responsibilities of an Embedded Librarian
What will the embedded librarian do for you, the instructor?
- Create specifically designed content for the course, including resources, search strategies, and research guides (LibGuides)
- Assist in developing library relevant assignments
- Monitor a library related discussion board
- Provide links to relevant library resources or services to embed in the course
- Lessen the responsibility for providing research/library guidance
What will the embedded librarian do for your students?
- Offer individualized assistance with research
- Help narrow topics and brainstorm ideas for research
- Identify keywords and search terms for a topic
- Assist with the online catalog
Additional responsibilities of the embedded librarian:
- Introduce herself or himself to the class via video
- Provide contact information for the instructor as well as the students
- Monitor a library discussion board in D2L
- Post virtual office hours and be available to the class during those hours
There are three levels of embedded librarianship; the librarian can work with the class as much or as little as the instructor would like.
NOTE: Embedded Librarians do not interpret instructor’s assignments for students, discuss the marking rubric with students, or grade any assignments. They will refer any non-research, course related questions to the instructor.
Is an embedded librarian right for my class?
If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you should consider an embedded librarian for your class!
- Do your students need help identifying a research topic and/or narrowing their focus?
- Do your students know which database to use for their research paper or project?
- Could your students benefit from being able to ask a librarian a question right in D2L?