Embedded 2020

Embedded Librarian?embedded

The first thought that comes to my mind when I hear the word embedded is about a tick I found behind my dog’s left ear.  When I asked a friend their first impression, they said a wartime journalist.  Being an embedded librarian is not a new concept, but it has new meaning for me as a school librarian since the onset of distance learning and COVID-19.

At first, as a school librarian during the COVID-19 Spring quarantine, I became a weird hybrid of tech-support and social media morale booster. However, as we begin plans for the fall as a combination of online and in-person classes, I contemplate my role. Many college librarians have experience with distance learning. When I was in the college setting about 15 years ago, we were considering how to embed library services into the university’s learning management system. This puzzle is where I find myself today with my school and the adoption of a new learning management system (LMS) following the pandemic.

Embedding in the LMS

We are using the Canvas learning management system. Your school may have subscribed to a new system or may use an existing system in a more active role than before the pandemic to enhance distance learning. There is Schoology and D2L Brightspace and many others. My first goal with embedding was to determine which of my existing library databases would embed into the new LMS. My state’s virtual library provides a significant number of GALE databases, and the representatives are helping me insert resources into the online courses. GALE provides instructions to add the databases in Canvas, Schoology, and many other learning management systems.

I also contacted JSTOR, and this service provides stable URLs for integrating library resources into Canvas and other LMS programs. EBSCO provides both Direct URL Builder and EBSCO Connect. It is worth the effort to reach out to vendors to determine how the library databases connect with the school’s LMS.

Finally, if your administrator will allow a library “course,” I highly recommend this in the Canvas and other systems. The ability to chat, collaborate, and make announcements will be invaluable throughout the year. Here is a link to my Canvas homepage.

Further reading on embedding librarianship into academic libraries is below.



Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

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