Embedded Librarian Program
What is an embedded librarian?
An embedded librarian works with faculty in an online course to facilitate student
research skills and processes.
How do embedded librarians help faculty?
- Research Component
Research shows that embedded librarians best help faculty whose courses include a
research component, such as a paper, speech, or annotated bibliography.
- Time Periods
We can partner with faculty for different periods of time, whatever best serves the
course’s needs. Some examples include: involvement for several weeks to cover a research
assignment or participating throughout a semester for research-intensive courses.
We can collaborate with faculty to provide customized research services using tools
available in the course management system or the library’s online aides. Some examples
include: discussion boards, tutorial videos, research guides, etc. We’re also open
to working with faculty to develop specialized aides.
- Customized Topics
We can also focus on specific information topics, such as the course’s topic, the
type of research being conducted in the course, plagiarism, citation and style guides
(APA, MLA, etc.), search strategies, source evaluation, how to use library resources,
Please note that embedded librarians are not trained to be teaching assistants. We’re
happy to provide research and informational help, but we enter courses in a limited
capacity as specialized, interactive resources.
How do embedded librarians help students?
- Direct Access
Embedded librarians directly connect with students through the online course management
We can recommend specific resources that fit students’ individual needs, such as
databases, statistical sources, and other research avenues.
- Opportunity to Improve Assignments
Research shows that students who interact with embedded librarians in online courses
often produce higher quality assignments as a result.
Please note that embedded librarians are not trained to be tutors or research assistants.
We’re happy to provide research and informational help, but we enter courses in a
limited capacity as specialized, interactive resources.
How do I get more information?
Contact Amy Coughenour (Reference Librarian) to discuss embedded librarianship opportunities.
You can reach her via email or at ext. 7466.