This month, I was asked to select the journal article for our reading group. Since I’ve been in the midst of researching embedded librarianship, I chose a very current article about the topic, by one of the big names on topic, David Shumaker. The article Who Let the Librarians Out? Embedded Librarianship and the Library Manager gives a good introduction on the subject and then talks about ideas and considerations for initiating and sustaining an embedded library service. Mary Scanlon, David Stewart, Sarah Jeong, Charles Bombeld and Megan Mulder joined in the discussion. David talked about their services over at CCCL where the three reference librarians are serving in clinical librarian roles for three departments. Megan told about her embedded experience in Miriam Jacobson’s seminar class, Renaissance Poetry and Materiality. Mary talked about her recent embedded time with the Cherokee summer program, CCAT. We discussed the possibilities for embeddedness in a business center and how it could scale and be sustainable with limited human resources. I explained about the South embedded model. We also discussed ways to integrate virtual embedment in our current environment. Everyone agreed it’s a fascinating subject; one that warrants more thorough investigation as to how a workable model for ZSR embedment services at WFU might be possible on a program level.
Thursday, July 30, 2009 3:50 pm