Research Guides: Embedded Librarian Services @ RVCC

Bookmark and Share
How does it work?
Currently, Alyssa Valenti is the RVCC librarian providing online information literacy instruction through WebStudy. She is added as a co-instructor to your course shell. At this point, collaboration between the instructor and librarian is essential to the functioning of the service. Alyssa can create a timeline session and populate it with the Library Research materials and forum. She can also be included in a timeline session that you have already created. If you'd like to incorporate an embedded librarian for a week, or another specific period of time within your online course, please contact Alyssa to start the collaboration!

Here are a few examples of ways faculty have included the embedded librarian:


A second example shows how the instructor created a timeline session and included the embedded librarian in the regular weekly coursework:
Instructor added librarian to course timeline
What is an embedded librarian?
Brief Introduction:
  • Embedded librarianship evolved from the idea of embedded journalists in Iraq.
  • NIH Informationists program, "...through the NIH Library, informationists provide personalized information services that break the usual bounds of librarian services — they become active members of the teams they are assisting."
  • Librarian, Barbara Dewey coined the term "embedded librarian" in 2004 and stated that, "embedding the library into the university’s virtual space is as important as the physical collaborations [occurring on campus]” 
The embedded librarian is especially for online (or hybrid) courses. Many of the students enrolled in online classes are limited by geography and time and rarely find themselves on campus. In order to benefit from library services, the embedded librarian program was created in order to reach these students and provide an equivalent level of information literacy instruction as their on campus counterparts. 

Screencasts for Instruction
Information literacy often benefits from active learning. Since we cannot physically be in the classroom to teach information literacy concepts and show students how to use our resources, we use individualized screencasts to explain searching and finding relevant results. 
The following are two examples of screencasts used in online RVCC courses:

Example I- The basics of using RVOneSearch for English courses:

Example II: Using CINAHL for nursing students to find appropriate subject headings for nursing topics:

Discussion through Forums
To best meet the needs of each students, participation in the Library discussion forum should be required, or very strongly encouraged. Below are a few examples of some particularly rich discussions between students and the emedded librarian. 
When faculty require students to participate in the library discussion forums they gain much more from the individualized attention and interaction with the librarian. They have the opportunity to get feedback on their own specific topics and get suggestions regarding appropriate keywords and resources. 

ENG II discussion forum example
ENG II discussion forum example
Subject Specialist
Picture: Alyssa Valenti

Alyssa Valenti
Electronic Resources Librarian
Tel: ext. 8351