Module Nine: Library Resources

At Faculty Request and Embedded

University of Houston-Clear Lake librarian Neeta Jambhekar conferring with a student in the Alfred R. Neumann Library’s classroomAlmost all college and university libraries offer research skills instruction provided by a librarian at your request to your class. This instruction may be face-to-face in a classroom or lab setting, via customized guides on the library website, via a librarian-embedded presence or librarian-prepared resources in a course management system or a combination of approaches. If your students lack skills in effective discovery and use of information resources, talk with your librarian. Together you can plan what types of library instruction and assistance to provide to your students.

Linked Resources

American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries (2001). Objectives for information literacy instruction: A model statement for academic librarians. Retrieved from
Enumerates library instruction session objectives for some of the higher education information literacy competency standards published in 2000 by the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries.

Carlson, J., & Kneale, R. (2011). Embedded librarianship in the research context: Navigating new waters. College & Research Libraries News, 72, 167-170. Retrieved from
Offers advice for embedded librarians providing research services to faculty or institutions, in terms of role, mindset, teamwork, risk tolerance, gaining trust, translating skills across disciplines, challenging oneself, and self-examination.

Farkas, M. (2012).Library success: A best practices wiki: Reference services and information literacy. Retrieved from
A space where libraries and librarians offer their experience, knowledge, and successes with the library community; wiki format with no restrictions on contributions; updated constantly.

Shumaker, D. (2012). The embedded librarian:  Exploring new, embedded roles for librarians in organizations of all types. Retrieved from
This blog covers news, developments, and insights within the field of embedded library services, encompassing embedded instruction, reference, research, and faculty services. Maintained by David Shumaker, a professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America (Washington, DC).

Additional Resources

Clayton, S. J. (2007). Going the distance: Library instruction for remote learners. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman.

Hoffman, S. (2011). Embedded academic librarian experiences in online courses: Roles, faculty collaboration, and opinion. Library Management, 32, 444-456.

Hoffman, S., & Ramin, L. (2010). Best practices for librarians embedded in online courses. Public Services Quarterly, 6, 292-305. doi:10/1080/15228959.2010.497743

Isbell, D. (2008). What happens to your research assignment at the library? College Teaching, 56, 3-6.doi:10.3200/CTCH.56.1.3-6

Kesselman, M. A., & Watstein, S. B. (2009). Creating opportunities: Embedded librarians. Journal of Library Administration, 49, 383-400.

Kvenild, C., & Calkins, K. (2011). Embedded librarians: Moving beyond one-shot instruction. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

McDevitt, T. R. (Ed.). (2011). Let the games begin!: Engaging students with field-tested interactive information literacy instruction. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman.

Parker-Gibson, N. (2001). Library assignments: Challenges that students face and how to help. College Teaching, 49, 65-70. doi:10.1080/87567550109595850

Sitter, R. L., & Cook, D. (2009). Library instruction cookbook. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

York, A. C., & Vance, J. M. (2009). Taking library instruction into the online classroom: Best practices for embedded librarians. Journal of Library Administration, 49, 197-209. doi:10.1080/01930820802312995

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