Thursday, August 2, 2012

Embedded Librarian Challenge Three: Understanding the Context

As the course progressed, my role as an embedded librarian seemed to evolve into something unexpected. After the students and faculty came to me with some questions, I realized I had to spend time understanding the context, such as:

  • what instructor expected students to accomplish 
  • instructor's criteria to grade students' papers 
  • how to write a scholarly paper 
  • how to cite and reference in APA format
  • what students were required to read
  • what supplemental materials students had access to
  • what resources students were expected to use for their papers
This is more than an one-time-shot lecture or presentation! More than just helping students searching for and retrieving information. To embrace these challenges, I spent time doing the homework: 
  • went through course syllabus carefully
  • read and understand instructor's grading rubric for course papers
  • reviewed instructor's class presentation slides by modules
  • requested an access code from the college to review supplemental online materials (e.g. quizes and assignments) associated with the course required textbook
  • learned about chapters of the course required textbook
  • contacted the instructor when I had questions
  • got myself familiar with APA book 6th edition 
The homework really injected me with confidence providing assistance to students and the instructor. Now students' grades were distributed and my work was done, and as commented from the course instructor, done beautifully! 


Roy said...

Many of the things you have done as an embedded librarian, are the very things that I am been doing with the SON where I am. The only thing that I would add to that is that over the semesters/years I have been doing this, I have also pulled from students what they felt was helpful and how they viewed the professors expectations when it came to assignments.

I found that at times the faculty member was saying one thing but their expectations as communicated through the grades they gave were a bit different.

I felt getting the perspective of both really gave me a better idea as to how I could be most helpful.

Peg said...

Your "understanding the context" title is best three word summary of what I did for 13 years as member of the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing faculty in Marshfield, WI, 1975 - 1988, when we graduated our last class and became site of UW Eau Claire School of Nursing. This was facilitated by serving on the Curriculum, Learning Resources and Faculty Development committees as well as the Long Range Planning Committee that determined that the BSN was essential to the future of nursing practice. Your next step might be broadening this understanding to the entire nursing curriculum, so that health information literacy is embedded in all courses.
Good luck! My first success in integrated instruction took 3 years to get to point where I submitted test questions and graded an assignment. Before the Internet...

Lin said...


Thanks for reading my blog and making comments. I felt that differences, too. But we had happen ending and that's most important part of the work.


Lin said...


Thanks for your comment! I have a long way to go. One good thing turns to another good thing rolling down the hill...