Embedded Librarianship: Commnicating Our Crucial Value
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Academic libraries spend millions on emerging technologies, digital and print collections, and hiring staff with subject and technology expertise. How do we signal stakeholders this sizable investment is worthwhile when libraries are under siege by funders and often bypassed by potential users? LMS embedded librarianship is the workable solution for a digital, mobile generation of learners who rely on the LMS. Together we will review trends today that impact teaching, learning, and research. We will contemplate our changing yet constant role of providing access to ideas and information, acclimating students to academic culture, preparing graduates for career success, and exposing learners to a vast array of sources and tools so they may develop their research acumen. It is crucial to communicate clearly and proactively with stakeholders who may hold dated and foggy notions of Camelot, of what was, the card catalog, runs of bound journals, and a librarian at the Reference Desk. The educational landscape has shifted radically. Although students may prefer playing in Never Never Land far from the library’s reach, embedded librarians are dedicated to developing students’ research prowess. Only by working with faculty may we accompany students in their LMS learning journey, as guides and consultants, from archival research, to clinical studies, to big data, and beyond. They need to know our name and our game.
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