Connect with students and faculty through personal and embedded librarianship

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/20/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop Connecting with Students and Faculty through Personal and Embedded Librarianship with Richard Moniz, Joe Eshleman, Valerie Freeman and David Jewell. This two-part - 90 minutes each - workshop is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursdays, April 16 and 23, 2015.

Learn to become an instructional partner to faculty and a mentor to student researchers! In this workshop, you’ll discover how to use embedded librarianship and personal librarianship to do just that, all while creating value for your library and position.

Richard Moniz, Joe Eshleman, Valerie Freeman and David Jewell—our team of experienced experts—will show you how you can take the latest work librarians have done in this area and use it in your own institution to foster new relationships as well as enhance the ones you’ve already established. They’ll show you how to embed yourself in personal learning networks with students and faculty while starting a conversation with your community of learners that will keep going.

After participating in this workshop, you will:

  • understand the history of personal librarian programs and embedded librarianship and discover how you can adapt such a program to fit your own institution;
  • learn many of the innovations stemming from implementation of these programs and how they can help you reach students and faculty on a more individual basis;
  • gain several strategies for establishing relationships, reducing student anxiety and assisting specific students throughout their academic career.

About the Instructors:

Joe Eshleman received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. He has been the instruction librarian at Johnson & Wales University Library–Charlotte since 2008. During this time, he has taught numerous library instruction sessions. He completed the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Immersion Program in 2009. He is coauthor of "Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison" and a contributor to The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience.

Richard Moniz, EdD has served as director of library services for Johnson & Wales University’s Miami campus from 1997–2004 and has been the director of library services at Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus since 2004. He is the author of "Practical and Effective Management of Libraries" and co-author of "Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison" and "Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience." He is actively engaged in the profession and has held a number of committee and board responsibilities within ALA LLAMA, ACRL CLS, and Metrolina Library Association (including serving as president of this organization) in addition to other non-profit organizations.

David Jewell holds a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science in Nutrition from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Exercise Physiology from UNC–Chapel Hill. He has served as the college chair of arts and sciences for Johnson &Wales University for the past four years, math and science coordinator for three years prior to being College Chair, and nine years as a science faculty member. He has several publications, including co-author of "Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience."

Valerie Freeman, librarian, has an Master in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She joined the staff at Johnson & Wales University in August 2008 and is the liaison for the College of Business. She also participates in teaching information literacy classes, assists in cataloging, manages student workers and coordinates service desks. She is co-author of "Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience."

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

ALA Editions 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.

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