Embedded Librarianship
What Every Academic Librarian Should Know
by Alice L. Daugherty and Michael F. Russo, Editors
September 2013, 201pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-413-1
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In the ongoing evolution of the academic library, embedded librarianship has become an important topic of debate across levels and departments. This book delves into the concept, examining everything from theory to best practices.

Is the embedded librarian an equal partner in the course, or is the librarian perceived as a “value-added” extra? What is the place of technology in this effort? Is there a line librarians should not cross? Taking into account both theory and practice to discuss multiple facets of the subject, Embedded Librarianship: What Every Academic Librarian Should Know thoroughly examines these questions and more from the perspectives of experienced embedded librarian contributors who have worked in higher education settings. The chapters illuminate the benefits and challenges of embedding, explain the planning required to set up an embedded course, identify the different forms of embedding, and consider information literacy instruction in various contexts.
Readers who will benefit from this work include not only academic librarians but any professor who wants their students to be able to do better research in their fields.


    Includes a foreword by Steven J. Bell, president of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), addressing blended librarianship within the context of embedding the library into the curriculum or the librarian into the course
    Provides a detailed introduction to the embedded librarian concept and information to help a novice undertake the role of the embedded librarian
    Explores the opportunities and reasons for embedding, the demand for it, the challenges involved, and the potential benefits
    Presents several feasible models of embedding for the academic library setting
Alice L. Daugherty, MLIS, is assessment librarian at Louisiana State University (LSU). She received her master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University in 2003, began working at LSU in 2004, and was awarded tenure in 2010. She writes on topics concerning information literacy and assessment and is coeditor of Information Literacy Programs in the Digital Age: Educating College and University Students Online. Daugherty serves on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Value of Academic Libraries Committee and is very active in the Distance Learning Section of ACRL.

Michael F. Russo, MLIS, is a tenured associate librarian at Louisiana State University (LSU). Previously a paralegal, he received his master's degree in library and information science from LSU in 2000. Since then, Russo has worked in the LSU Libraries system, starting as a general librarian-instructor and quickly ascending to instruction coordinator two years later. He is the author of a satirical novel, Yats in Movieland and coeditor, with Alice L. Daugherty, of Information Literacy Programs in the Digital Age: Educating College and University Students Online.


"A collection of essays relating the history of the field, current issues and challenges, and personal narratives from librarians who are currently working as embedded librarians . . . a text that could supplement a survey course on issues in academic librarianship. "—VOYA, December 1, 2013

"Those brand new to embedded librarianship, or even seasoned veterans, will find great value in this work."—ARBA, December 1, 2013
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