The Embedded Librarian model is a great fit when an Instructor has a research project to do with their class. Bringing a Librarian in to collaborate and help teach research methods to students in a quick, but clear way helps to boost student confidence and improve access to the resources that they need to complete their assignment.
If you are deciding on research/project topics for your upcoming classes, we can pair you with a Librarian that is familiar with your subject matter. We offer this service because sometimes it is hard to know what research materials are available on a specific subject, or if the materials available are written at a level that would best serve your students. For example: Freshmen are typically involved in the research process, looking at ideas, and connecting them in new ways - where as Graduate students are researching to find new and original topics where they are creating the material based on their own research and methodology.
The Professor and the Librarian talk about the research project at least a week before the project start date. The sooner we can get together to discuss the project, the better. This gives the Librarian plenty of time to verify that there are ample sources available so that the research process is more productive for the students. This also maximizes the potential for the students to produce outstanding academic work. We would even be happy to get together with you before the semester starts to help with topic selection based on your needs and the range of the libraries resources.
1st Visit - This presentation is normally taught in the classroom. The Librarian will spend about 15 minutes discussing the Research Process, the Information Cycle, and various types of sources.
2nd Visit - This 15 minute visit is also typically taught in the classroom. The librarian will introduce Encore - the Library Catalog, and various databases that support the topic(s) being researched.
3rd Visit - This session will take place in one of the library's computer labs. The Librarian will use relevant research topics to demonstrate how to effectively navigate the databases. This presentation will last about 20 minutes and then the students will spend the rest of the class time doing research for their papers. The Librarian will remain in the room to help with individual research questions.
Extended Research: After the initial three sessions, the Professor can schedule more class time in the computer lab with the Librarian, or the students can begin independent research outside of class time. They are still encouraged to Ask a Librarian for help if they need it. We are available by phone, email, text, and in-person.