Embedded Librarianship: Best Practices Explored and Redefined

By Carl R. Andrews.

Published by The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership

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This paper explores the multitude of ways in which embedded librarianship can be implemented. The issue of developing effective library/faculty teaching partnerships is addressed. Although the paper is primarily targeted to academic librarians in higher education settings, the literature examined and the ideas presented can very easily support secondary and college level inter-disciplinary teaching initiatives. The ideas introduced are sourced from scholarly journal articles, monographs, and actual teaching strategies implemented by the author. Attention is given to programs where Information Literacy is infused into a school’s General Education curriculum. Academic librarian pedagogy, outreach, and networking strategies are also highlighted. The author is especially interested in projects that address student academic success after an embedded program is put into effect. Non-traditional embedded endeavors are especially of interest; programs where academic librarians embed themselves with high schools to support college preparation and readiness are discussed.

There has been, and continues to be, a tremendous amount of literature published addressing library/faculty partnerships. As new academic librarians enter the profession, they are realizing the importance of making strong connections with the school’s teaching faculty. They understand that we (academic librarians) are teaching professionals and that our role as academic librarians sometimes means doing radical outreach. Much of the current literature indicates that we have to do a great deal more to prove that libraries are needed and that information literacy is an essential skill that college graduates will need upon entering the world of work.

Keywords: Embedded Librarians,, Outreach,, Teaching Partnerships,, Curriculum Support,, Undergraduate Education,, Information Literacy Instruction, Library Pedagogy

The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 31, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 420.719KB)).

Asst. Prof. Carl R. Andrews

Assistant Professor/Reference & Instruction Librarian, Library, Bronx Community College Library, Bronx, New York, USA