Archive for January, 2008

Good News: Embedded Librarian Research Funded

January 29, 2008

Now that the Special Libraries Association has made it official, I’m delighted to report that they have funded a new research project on embedded librarianship. My co-investigator, Mary Talley, and I were the recipients of an SLA Research Grant for our proposal entitled “Models of Embedded Librarianship.” Here’s a summary of our goals for the project:

The goal of this study is to develop an evidence-based model for the successful initiation, implementation, and evaluation of embedded library services, by achieving the following objectives: defining criteria of “embeddedness” for library and information service programs; defining indicators of success for embedded library services and identifying model programs outside the health-related sector; collecting data about the practices followed by these model programs in initiating, operating, and evaluating their services; and synthesizing collected an evidence-based set of recommended practices from the data that other librarians to use in their initiation, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of embedded library services.

I look forward to incorporating news about our progress in this blog in the coming months.


Welcome to a true “embedded librarian” blogger

January 17, 2008

There’s another “embeddedlibrarian” in the blogosphere, at I don’t think she’s included her name in her public profile, so I won’t mention it here, but this is someone I know who is blogging about her adventures as a solo, embedded librarian. I’ve enjoyed her first few posts and am looking forward to more.

If anyone out there knows of other “embedded librarian” blogs, please post a comment!

A Question from Buslib-l

January 13, 2008

Marjan Farahbaksh at the Toronto Globe and Mail has posted the following on buslib-l. I’m reposting it here with Marjan’s permission. If you’d like to respond, Marjan’s email address is marjan.farahbaksh@UTORONTO.CA .

I’m considering the idea of embedded researchers as a way to meet the
research needs of our users at the point of need and to better integrate
our services with the daily work processes of the departments we serve.

I’ve read David Shumaker’s work on the subject, which has given me a lot
of food for thought, but I’d like to learn more about the practical
experiences of corporate libraries that have transitioned to embedding.

If you’ve tried this at your organization, how successful has it been?
Do the researchers still maintain a formal relationship with the library
or are they completely part of the unit they serve? Were there any
challenges or resistance and how did you solve them? Has embedding
raised the profile of your library/research services? Any thoughts and
advice would be greatly appreciated.


Marjan Farahbaksh
Research Librarian
The Globe and Mail”

My New Year’s Resolution

January 13, 2008

I haven’t blogged since October — life and the fall semester just got ahead of me. But my New Year’s resolution is to revive this blog and keep it active. I’ve got a few topics stored up & will post them over the next week, starting with one right now …

Also, my blog dashboard indicates the blog has been getting a steady trickle of visits — a few a day — which is nice to see. If you’re reading this, I invite you to comment and share your ideas and experiences on embedded librarianship.