Methodology & Framework
Through a literature review and a survey of our personal experiences, we present some best practices that embedded librarians can use to support professional graduate programs. Examples build on the literature for undergraduate programs, information literacy, and on-line embedding.
Outcomes for Implementing Formal & Informal
Collaboration opportunities for instruction and research
Increased role in program administration
Perception by administration and faculty of library’s worth to the organization
Improved collection development
Closer relationships with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and practitioners
Stakeholder opinions are easier to access leading to improved user-centred services
Funding support for positions and services through partnerships
Formal and informal methods reinforce one another
Librarians are part of the professional program they support
Branch model provides more opportunities for embedding through informal
Successful embedded librarians are user-focused, integrated, and service oriented. These individuals are outgoing and confident. They use methods to build on relationships established by their predecessors and library colleagues.