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LIBR 220-13
Resources and Information Services in Professions and Disciplines
Topic: Embedded Librarians/Embedded Libraries: Embedding the Library into the Fabric of Higher Education
Spring 2014 Greensheet

M. Farkas
Other contact information: When emailing about the class, please put LIBR220 in the subject line
Office location: Virtual 
Office Hours: Virtual meetings by appointment

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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning 1/17/14. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. This class will take place in D2L and across your blogs. The majority of written work will take place through blogging. 

Course Description

This course will explore the creative and proactive strategies academic libraries are employing to embed librarians, library presence, library collections, research support, and library instruction into the curriculum, student success initiatives, and patron points of need. In an era in which some students and faculty bypass the library entirely, librarians are developing innovative services that take them outside the library — both online and face-to-face — to provide services where their patrons are. This requires deep knowledge of one’s patrons and the academic environment, as well as an understanding of best practices for collaboration. We will explore best practices for embedding the library into the fabric of higher education through the literature as well as through significant written reflection and discussion.

Course Requirements


Environmental scan 15 pts
Annotated bibliography 20 pts
Embedded proposal 25 pts
Participation 40 pts
  • Environmental Scan or Population Exploration (15 points) Assignment supports SLO 6 In this assignment, you will explore a specific library, college/university, department, or population to develop a better understanding of needs and trends.
  • Annotated bibliography (20 points): Assignment supports SLO 1SLO 2SLO 3SLO 4, and SLO 5 You will create an annotated bibliography of a specific approach to embedded librarianship including your thoughts on the efficacy of that  approach
  • Embedded proposal (25 points): Assignment supports SLO 1SLO 2SLO 3SLO 4SLO 5 and SLO 6 You will develop a detailed proposal for developing an embedded library program. This can be a group or individual project and we will decide together how to approach the assignment in the first week of classes.
  • Participation (40 points): Participation activities support SLO 1SLO 2SLO 3SLO 4SLO 5, and SLO 6 Participation is measured based on fulfillment of your weekly expectations of blogging, commenting on your classmates’ blog posts, and voting for your favorite post each week.

Course Calendar (subject to change with fair notice)

Starting Date Topic Assignment Due
1/23 What is embedded librarianship? Blog post
2/2 Why Embed? Blog post
2/9 Getting to know your patrons and their environment Blog post
2/16 Liaison librarianship, faculty collaboration, and embedding information literacy into the curriculum Environmental Scan Blog post
3/2 Embedding information literacy through course/assignment design and training the trainer Blog post
3/9 High touch embedment and sustainability Blog post
3/16 Embedding librarians in online classes Blog post
4/6 Going where your users are Blog post
4/13 Getting library content into the classroom and supporting faculty research Annotated bibliography
4/20 Embedding in campus student success initiatives, student affairs, etc. Blog post
4/27 Embedding instruction at students’ points of need Blog post
5/4 Assessment, demonstrating value, and final thoughts Embedded Proposal Blog post


  • Extra credit will be given based on the quality of your blog posts. Students each week will be required to vote for their favorite and most insightful blog post that is not their own. The three students whose blog posts have received the most votes over the term will receive 3 points added to their final grade.
  • If there is a situation that requires you to turn in an assignment late, you must contact me in advance of the due date in order to make arrangements. This is the only way that a late assignment will receive full credit. Assignments that are up to two days late will only receive a maximum grade of 75%. Assignments that are two days to one week late will only receive half credit. I will not accept any assignment (without prior discussion) more than 1 week late.

Textbook Information
There is no required textbook to purchase. All required readings will come from articles, book chapters, and blog posts available on the Web or through library databases. They are all resources freely available to students. There will be readings from the following eBooks that are available through the SJSU King Library:

  • Kvenild, Cassandra, and Kaijsa Calkins. Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2011.
  • Shumaker, David. The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It’s Needed. New Jersey: Information Today, 2012.
  • Zabel, Diane. Reference Reborn: Breathing New Life into Public Services Librarianship. Santa Barbara, Calif: Libraries Unlimited, 2011.
  • Duke, Lynda M, and Andrew D. Asher. College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 210

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify best practices for embedding library presence, collections and services.
  2. Evaluate different approaches to embedded library services.
  3. Evaluate methods for embedding library presence and resources online.
  4. Describe current trends in embedded library services.
  5. Develop strategies for embedding library presence, collections, and services into the curriculum, student success initiatives, and patron points of need.
  6. Describe methods for scanning the environment and assessing the needs and information-seeking behaviors of patrons.

Core Competencies

LIBR 220 supports the following core competencies:

  1. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  2. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.


No Textbooks For This Course.

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97-100 A
94-96 A-
91-93 B+
88-90 B
85-87 B-
82-84 C+
79-81 C
76-78 C-
73-75 D+
70-72 D
67-69 D-
Below 67 F

In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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