ACRL releases 'Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment'

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/04/2014


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment,” edited by Elizabeth Leonard and Erin McCaffrey.

The rise of online education at institutions of higher learning, together with the increasing cost of higher education, lead some to suggest that online (or distance) education will eventually become the dominant form of higher learning. This trend has particular significance for librarians. “Virtually Embedded,” a blueprint for embedding academic librarians in online environments from undergraduate to science-based graduate schools to MOOCs, is the first book to extensively explore how librarians can play a key role in the virtual academic landscape.

The authors of the book’s 12 chapters, academic librarians representing a broad range of colleges and universities, explore the evolution of the embedded librarian from physical to virtual, suggest how to develop and implement unique programs in and out of the classroom and explain how to scale programs once they are embedded.

“Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment” is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.