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BCC Librarians provide full library services in online learning environments!

What is Embedded Library Service and How Will it Benefit My Students?

Librarians at BCC aim to support every student in all learning environments. We invite instructors teaching online courses and assigning student research projects to request a librarian to "embed" within their course site. Librarians provide research materials and customized information literacy support that target the research needs of your students. We offer two levels of embedded service that correspond to the complexity of your research assignments and the extent to which you want your students to engage with the librarian.

Levels of Embedded Library Service

In a seated classroom environment, the librarian typically targets instruction to assigned research papers or presentations. We promote an active learning environment and teach strategies for searching databases, evaluating web content, citing sources; we also engage in discussion how different source types (books, websites, government reports, periodicals and academic journal articles) can effectively meet your students' research needs.

In a hybrid or fully online environment, the level of librarian engagement with your students is up to you; however, library literature on best practices indicates that at minimum, students should engage with the librarian via a specific, research-focused discussion forum. The librarian moderates this forum with a prompt, based on the course research project, learning outcomes and any specific skills faculty want students to develop for success in their research. When a librarian provides feedback in a discussion forum, everyone in the class can benefit from this support!

Levels of embedded library service are detailed below. In order to identify opportunities for targeted and timely information literacy support for your students, we request a copy of your research assignment and course syllabus. We will plan the best times to reach out to your students with helpful research tips, which might include research guides, tutorials and/or handouts that will assist students at their greatest point of need throughout the research process.

We also encourage dialogue between you and your designated librarian throughout the semester; your feedback is always welcome!

Level One

Librarian creates a content module within Blackboard and provides relevant materials (course guide, tutorials) to assist students in their exploration of information required for their research assignment(s).

  • Moderates a research-focused discussion forum for one full week (determines topic of discussion prompt and dates in collaboration with faculty); comments on student posts and clarifies concepts that are relevant to their research. Discussion board topics might include locating, evaluating, analyzing and citing, sources. Students are encouraged to seek individualized research help via this same discussion board (versus email) as a go-to resource for all -- where they can get help from the librarian and by viewing previous research-based questions and answers between the librarian and their classmates
  • Delivers announcements to students according to your course calendar, reminding them that the librarian is available to offer relevant, "just-in-time" support!
  • Continues monitoring the same discussion board and answering research-focused queries beyond the designated week, at the faculty’s request.

Level Two

Librarian creates a content module within Blackboard and provides relevant materials (course guide, tutorials) to assist students in their exploration of information required for their research assignment(s).

  • Develops and evaluates an online exercise targeted to the most relevant information literacy concepts of your semester research-based assignment. The exercise is delivered via discussion forum, over a specified period (usually 1 week). To ensure maximum engagement, the exercise should carry the same requirements course instructors expect for any weekly discussion post, for which participation would impact each student’s overall grade. This in-depth exercise usually requires an additional week for evaluation and/or meaningful feedback from the librarian.
  • Creates and moderates a general, research-focused discussion forum as a space to support student needs over several weeks, leading up to the submission of research assignment(s); answers student queries and clarifies relevant concepts; provides supplementary support based on individual needs. Students are encouraged to seek individualized research help via this discussion board (versus email) as a go-to resource for all -- where they can get help from the librarian and by viewing previous research-based questions and answers between the librarian and their classmates
  • Delivers announcements to students according to your course calendar, to remind them that the librarian is available to offer relevant, "just-in-time" support!

Assessment: Information Literacy Rubrics

This Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (Framework) grows out of a belief that information literacy as an educational reform movement will realize its potential only through a richer, more complex set of core ideas.

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