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Hilton C. Buley Library


Library Services for Online/Distance Faculty

The Embedded Librarian

The Iraq war brought us the concept of "embedded journalists". Now we have the concept of "embedded librarians". An embedded journalist is supposed to have better access to a story; an embedded librarian provides better access for students to him/herself and to the library's resources.

There are several ways for a librarian to be embedded in an online course. In order from greatest presence to least presence:

  1. Add the Librarian as a Guest Lecturer or Auditing Student within the online course. Students can consult the Librarian within the course by any of the in-course communications methods, and the Librarian can address that come up in discussion and chat.
  2. Add active scripts that allow students direct, synchronous access to the librarian, such as the chat service, Meebo, on the right of this page.
    Students have the advantage of complete privacy, encouraging the proverbial "dumb questions". ("The only 'dumb questions' are the ones we don't ask.")
  3. Add resources and links assembled in consulation between the faculty member and the librarian to the online course (maybe in a Library Resources module). There are several ways of doing this, including the creation of a feed that will add resources automatically as the Librarian finds them.
  4. Add contact information for the Subject Librarian to the course informational pages, so that students can contact the Librarian at need. Link to Librarian Profiles (see the box to the left), or ask for contact information or a link.

Instruction Contacts

Accounting Diane Tomasko
Anthropology Lisa Bier
Art Tina Re
Biology Rebecca Hedreen & Kari Swanson
Chemistry Kari Swanson
Communication Susan Clerc
Communication Disorders Susan Clerc
Computer Science Diane Tomasko
Counseling/School Psychology June Cheng
Curriculum Lab June Cheng
Curriculum & Learning June Cheng
Earth Science Rebecca Hedreen
Economics/Finance Diane Tomasko
Educational Leadership June Cheng
English Winnie Shyam
Environment, Geography, & Marine Sciences Alba Morris & Kari Swanson
Exercise Science/Health Ed. June Cheng
History Alba Morris
Information & Library Science David Feinmark
Journalism Susan Clerc
Management Diane Tomasko
Marketing Diane Tomasko
Marriage & Family Therapy Lisa Bier
Mathematics Diane Tomasko 
Media Studies Susan Clerc
Music Wendy Hardenberg
Nursing Rebecca Hedreen
Philosophy Wendy Hardenberg
Physics Rebecca Hedreen
Political Science Lisa Bier
Psychology Alba Morris
Public Health Rebecca Hedreen & Lisa Bier
Recreation, Tourism, & Sport Management June Cheng
Social Work Lisa Bier
Sociology Lisa Bier
Special Collections Paul Holmer
Special Education & Reading June Cheng
Theatre Tina Re
Women's Studies Cindy Schofield
World Languages Jacqueline Toce