Build a sustainable embedded librarianship program

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/24/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource introduces a new workshop, How to Build a Sustainable Embedded Librarianship Program with Meredith Farkas. This 90-minute workshop is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

The literature dealing with embedded librarianship is filled with studies that question the effectiveness of "one-shot" library instruction. Yet many of the methods typically mentioned as alternatives do not scale up and can sometimes lead to instructor burnout. Embedded librarianship can be an efficient method for library instruction, but only if your library can maintain a sustainable program.

In this workshop, Meredith Farkas, a distance learning librarian and instruction coordinator, will describe how you can become embedded in the classroom and incorporate information literacy instruction into your curriculum in sustainable ways. You’ll learn about the best practices found in the literature as well as from Farkas’ personal experiences with embedment.

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • describe different models for library embedment;
  • critically evaluate the pros and cons of these varying models;
  • determine what method might be best in your instructional context.

About the Instructor:

Meredith Farkas is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College and a lecturer at San José State University’s iSchool. She is the author of "Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online" and writes the monthly column “Technology in Practice” for American Libraries. She was honored in 2009 with the LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology, and in 2014 with the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

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