Andrew Colgoni, Science Fluencies Librarian, McMaster University
Krista Godfrey, Liaison Librarian, McMaster University
Karen Nicholson, Teaching & Learning Librarian, McMaster University


This session was a competition between the presenters and their 3 different approaches to embedded librarianship. The first presenter was Andrew Colgoni who spoke about being an imbedded librarian in an intensive 4 year science program at his university. As part of his role as embedded librarian, he has an office in the program headquarters, works on committees to create curriculum, and is “deeply embedded” in the program’s curriculum. The second presenter was Krista Godfrey who talked about the part I was very interested in – embedding virtually into classes. Some of the means and tools through which she instructs students virtually includes: quizzes, discussion forums, subject guides, learning objects, and chat/IM (all of which we are doing too). She also makes the library available to students both on the community level and class by class. Some of the pluses of this time of embedding include that it serves multiple learning styles, allows for asynchronous review, provides point of need help, allows for anonymity, and promotes the library. The third model, discussed by Karen Nicholson, involves a librarian embedded a teaching and learning center which works with works with faculty to improve instruction (probably much like  CETL at our institution does). Her salary is paid by the teaching and learning center and she works to launch communities of practice and design courses in digital media literacy.