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Faculty - Embedded Librarian Program

What are they?

Embedded librarians are librarians who work closely with faculty in their Sakai courses. They field questions and provide time-appropriate tips about research and library usage throughout the course of the entire semester.

What does the librarian do?

Embedded librarians facilitate student research and use of library resources during the entire course.  Here are some possibilities:

  • Create tutorials and research guides for the class and specific assignments
  • Help students immediately, at any state of their research
  • Respond quickly to access issues with library materials
  • Provide advice on research, topics, finding materials, evaluating sources, and citations.

Should I embed a librarian?

  • Do any of your assignments require research? Are you tired of students citing websites as their only sources? A librarian can guide students to more authoritative information.  
  • Do you wish your students would use citations better?  A librarian can work with your students to provide correct references and in-text citations.
  • Any class that has a Sakai component can take advantage of working with an embedded librarian. We work with any discipline or subject areas and are happy to discuss embedding a librarian in your class.

How does it work?

The key to the program is the "Class Librarian" discussion board forum maintained by the librarian. This is where they work with students throughout the semester on various assignments and projects. The librarian tailors their information to YOUR class.

  • A librarian is assigned to your class, reviews your syllabus, and speaks with you about the research goals and library resource needs of your class.
  • You give the librarian access as a teaching assistant so that he or she can view your class materials and discussions (but not your gradebook).
  • Based on your assignments and class needs, your librarian will post information and field questions in a Sakai forum to help your students throughout the course. 
  • Tips are placed in a separate topic in the Forums so that they are independent of your course discussion board and materials - no extra work for you.
  • Students are also given contact information for the librarian (phone, email, etc) so that they can contact the librarian directly for personal assistance.

What do the librarians need from the instructors?

Librarians would need access to your Sakai course. The most important thing that we need from instructors is promotion of the library and its resources. Announcing that a librarian will be a part of the class and be available for questions is a great first step. If you see students struggling with research, remind them that a librarian is available to help. The more importance that is placed on library resources, the more students are likely to use them!


To request an embedded librarian for your course, contact Valerie Knight (email or 402-375-7443) or fill out the embedded librarian request form.