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Catch Up With Our “Choose Your Partners Wisely: Strategic Choices for Embedded Librarians” SLA 2018 Conference Presentation

Did you miss the SLA 2018 Conference Presentation “Choosing Your Partners Wisely: Strategic Choices for Embedded Librarians”? Our panel presentation featured panelists Nadine Anderson (Behavioral Sciences Librarian, University of Michigan-Dearborn), Barbara Kahn-Aitken (Senior Research Analyst, The Coca-Cola Company) and Joel Scheuher (Business Reference Librarian, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and formerly of General Motors), as well as moderator David Shumaker (Clinical Associate Professor, Catholic University of America). They shared strategies on using political and marketing insights to figure out both where in the organization to concentrate your efforts and which people in your organization you should partner with, so that you can maximize your value and achieve long-lasting success.

We’ve made the slides available, so catch up on this excellent advice from our speakers: Choose Your Partners Wisely panel slides.

Takeaways from this panel include:

  • Develop relationships with the decision-makers in your organization because they’ll open doors for you
  • Develop relationships with the administrative staff of the decision makers in your organization because they’re the ones that actually carry out the decisions (“the real influencers”)
  • Develop relationships with the departments within your organization that have clout
  • Choose collaborators who respect your expertise and see you as a partner in achieving organizational goals and outcomes
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no” to people in your org who don’t respect your expertise and/or don’t want to work with you on meaningful work (unless you politically have to)
  • Collaborate with people and on projects that will help you grow and further yourself in your organization
  • Collaborate with people who will give you credit for your joint successes and take the time to tell the story of your impact
  • Don’t be afraid to say “no” to projects that don’t benefit you or your library (unless you politically have to)

If you have follow-up questions, feel free to contact our panelists at:

  • Nadine Anderson: nfanders@umich.edu
  • Barbara Kahn-Aitken: bkahnaitken@coca-cola.com
  • Joel Scheuher: jscheuhe@umich.edu

Many thanks to our speakers Nadine, Barbara, Joel, and Dave for your work on this panel presentation!

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Catch Up With Our SLA 2018 Conference Presentation “Tell Your Story Well: How Embedded Librarians Demonstrate and Communicate Their Value”

Did you miss the SLA 2018 Conference Presentation Tell Your Story Well: How Embedded Librarians Demonstrate and Communicate Their Value? This panel presentation featured panelists Jennifer Martin (Associate Librarian/Clinical Instruction, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library) and Ethel Salonen (retired Manager of Information Services, the MITRE Corporation) as well as moderator Nadine Anderson (Associate Librarian, University of Michigan-Dearborn). They offered tips and strategies for making sure others in your organization (especially the higher ups) understand the value librarians are adding in their embedded role. 

We’ve made the slides available, so catch up on the excellent advice from our speakers: Tell Your Story Well Panel SLA 2018 Conference slides

If you have follow-up questions about this presentation feel free to contact our panelists at:

  • Jennifer Martin: jenmartin@email.arizona.edu
  • Ethel Salonen: ethel.salonen@verizon.net

Many thanks to our speakers Jennifer, Ethel, and Nadine for your work on this panel presentation!

 

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Wednesday, June 13 is Embedded Librarians Day at the SLA Annual Conference!

The Embedded Librarians Caucus is sponsoring two programs at this year’s SLA Annual Conference, which will be held back to back on our Embedded Librarians Day, Wed., June 13:

9-10 a.m. (Room 344):  Tell Your Story Well: How Embedded Librarians Demonstrate and Communicate Their Value. Speakers Jennifer Martin (Associate Librarian / Clinical Instructor, University of Arizona Health Sciences Library) and Ethel Salonen (retired Manager of Information Services, The MITRE Corporation) will offer tips and strategies for making sure others in your organization (especially the higher-ups) understand the value librarians are adding in their embedded role.

10:15-11:30 a.m. (Room 339-340): Choosing Your Partners: Strategic Choices for Successful Librarians. Our speakers will be Nadine Anderson, Behavioral Sciences Librarian. University of Michigan Dearborn; Barbara Kahn-Aitken, Senior Research Analyst, Coca-Cola Corporation; and Joel Scheuher, Business Reference Librarian, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and formerly at GM. They’ll discuss how to apply market segmentation strategies and political insight to figure out where in the organization to concentrate your efforts so that you can maximize your value and achieve long-lasting success.

I hope you’ll join the conversation with these outstanding speakers. See you in Baltimore!

David Shumaker and Nadine Anderson

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Webinar Recording Now Available! “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship”

Couldn’t make last week’s webinar, Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship? You can now watch the recording of our webinar online at: https://vimeo.com/231800523

Special thanks again to our panelists Jean SongNadine Anderson, and Joel Scheuher. You can see their presentation slides here, and we should have their answers to your questions from the webinar posted soon. Watch this space!

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) if you have any questions about this webinar or the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus.

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SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications Chair: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

 

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Slides from Today’s Webinar: “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship”

We hope that you enjoyed today’s webinar Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship. Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thank you to our panelists Jean Song, Nadine Anderson, and Joel Scheuher. The panelists have agreed to share their presentation slides from the webinar: Getting in On the Conversation – Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship slides.

We were not able to get to everyone’s questions during the webinar, but the panelists will post answers to everyone’s unanswered questions soon. We will also make the webinar recording available soon. Watch this space!

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) if you have any questions about this webinar or the SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus.

 

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SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications Chair: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

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Getting to Know…Nadine Anderson, “Getting in on the Conversation” Webinar Panelist

Nadine Anderson is one of the panelists for our “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship” webinar next Tuesday, August 29, 12p.m. to 1p.m. EST. If you haven’t registered yet, go to attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595, then read our interview below with Nadine. This is the last of the three interviews in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our three webinar panelists.

Q. 1. What is your job title?
Nadine: I am the Behavioral Sciences and Women’s & Gender Studies Librarian

Q. 2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?
Nadine: I work at Mardigian Library, which is part of the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus. I have worked here for almost 4 years.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?
Nadine: I do traditional collection development with both the Behavioral Sciences program and the Women’s & Gender Studies program. I am also physically embedded within the Behavioral Sciences program building three days a week, in my own office among the offices of Behavioral Sciences faculty. This better allows me to develop teaching partnerships and to provide research help to undergraduate and graduate students. I am embedded in courses and course management sites, as a thesis research consultant in graduate and honors programs, and am working with faculty and program leadership on several information literacy initiatives to strategically embed information literacy development into program curricula. Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the Women’s & Gender Studies program – many courses are taught by faculty in programs which do not fall under my responsibility – I am not able to be embedded in their program in the same way that I am in the Behavioral Sciences program.

End of interview

Thanks Nadine!

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Getting to Know….Joel Scheuher, “Getting in on the Conversation” Webinar Panelist

Joel Scheuher is one of the panelists for our “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship” webinar next Tuesday, August 29, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST. If you haven’t registered yet, go to attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595, then read our interview below with Joel. This is the second of three interviews in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our three webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Joel Scheuher

Q. 1. What is your job title?

Joel: I am the Business Reference Librarian

Q. 2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?

Joel: I work at Kresge Library, which is part of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. I’ve been in this position for 2 years.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?

Joel: In addition to traditional reference services, I’m embedded with our Multidisciplinary Action Project (MAP) teams. These are action-based learning teams sponsored by companies or other organizations that have real world problems to solve.

End of interview

Thanks Joel!

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Getting to Know…Jean Song, “Getting in on the Conversation” Webinar Panelist

Jean Song is one of the panelists for our “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship” webinar next Tuesday, August 29, 12p.m. to 1p.m. EST. If you haven’t registered yet, go to attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595, then read our interview below with Jean. This is the first of three interviews in our “Getting to know you” interview series with our three webinar panelists.

Getting to Know…Jean Song

Q. 1. What is your job title?

Jean: I am the Assistant Director of Academic and Clinical Engagement

Q. 2. Where do you work and how long have you worked there?

Jean: I work at Taubman Health Sciences Library, which is part of the University of Michigan. I have worked here for over 12 years.

Q.3. What are your main job duties and how are you embedded?

Jean: I am responsible for the management and direction of informationists and staff for the unit that is involved with curriculum integration, expert searching and partnering with the clinical enterprise of the university. The informationists at Taubman are embedded into the curricula of the health sciences schools through teaching and committee membership, as well as specific research labs, departments, and committees with designated funding for their work.

End of interview

Thanks Jean!

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Join our Webinar: Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship

You’re invited! Join the Embedded Librarians Caucus for a webinar, “Getting in on the Conversation: Implementing and Leveraging Embedded Librarianship,” Tuesday, August 29, noon – 1 p.m. US Eastern time.

This panel session will be a discussion between session participants and three embedded librarians, who will present three distinct models of embedded librarianship, representing a broad spectrum of disciplines, audiences, and goals. Participants will learn strategies for implementing embedded librarianship to engage different campus communities and leveraging it to demonstrate their value by contributing to the overall goals at their institution.

Panelists will share their strategies for leveraging embedded librarianship, including:

  • “don’t wait for the invitation: crash the party””
  • “forget the elevator speech: focus on troubleshooting”
  • “proactively engage your audience: flaunt your expertise”

Each panelist will briefly discuss their experience with leveraging embedded librarianship to contribute to the overall goals of their institution:

  • Jean Song, in a Health Sciences/Medical program, proactively interacting with faculty in order to partner in research analysis including successfully receiving grant funding to support existing grant funded projects or providing analysis on research projects such as bibliometric investigation.
  • Nadine Anderson, in a Behavioral Sciences program, proactively working with faculty on issues with undergraduate research and critical thinking skills (or lack thereof) and becoming part of the solution by partnering with faculty on educational projects and a credit course integrated into their courses and curriculum
  • Joel Scheuher, in a Business program, collaborating directly with graduate students as a member of their action based learning teams, contributing as research experts to solve real-world challenges

You must register in advance to attend. To sign up, go to: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2861665211468238595

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar.

Email David Shumaker (shumaker@cua.edu) or Nadine Anderson (nfanders@umich.edu) if you have any questions about this webinar.

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SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications Chair: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

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Takeout from the Knowledge Café at the SLA 2017 Conference

A highlight of Embedded Librarians Day, June 18, at the SLA Annual Conference was our Knowledge Café. About 23 attendees participated. They represented a diverse cross-section of organization types:

  • 7 Academic
  • 9 Corporate
  • 7 others, including Federal, Law, nonprofit, and Health Sciences

In terms of experience, the largest group were those with 3+ years’ experience in an embedded role:

  • 8 people – no experience
  • 3 people – 3 years or less experience
  • 12 people – more than 3 years experience

Suggested topics for small group roundtable discussions included:

  • How do we onboard new embedded librarians? Do you have innovative tips, best practices, lessons learned, or “special sauce”?
  • How do we market what we can do as embedded librarians to our non-librarian colleagues, many of whom profoundly misunderstand what we can do?
  • How do we convince our non-librarian colleagues to move from a service to partnership orientation towards us as embedded librarians?
  • Is embedded librarianship a sound survival strategy? Has embedded librarianship strengthened your job security?
  • What organizational/reporting structures do you experience as embedded librarians and what challenges have you experienced with them?
  • How do you assess your embedded librarianship programs and initiatives?
  • How are embedded librarians consultants, and how do we communicate our potential?
  • How is embedded librarianship funded at your organization?

There were two rounds of discussion. At the first, groups were randomly assigned to provide diverse perspectives on the topics. For the second round, groups were re-mixed by organization type. At the end of the session, each participant was invited to leave written comments.

The comments have been transcribed and grouped into three categories: basic issues and questions; specific success strategies; and key competencies for embedded librarians, as follows:

Basic issues and questions:

  • There are different definitions of “embedded librarianship”
  • There are many different ways to “embed” as a librarian
  • Embeddedness is institution-specific
  • Sustainable embeddedness
  • How do you start up as an embedded librarian?
  • Strategic embedding in curriculum
  • Challenge for all librarians – being seen as professionals versus secretarial staff
  • Embedded librarians rise and fall with, and follow the norms of, the groups and departments they’re in

Success strategies:

  • Strategic embedding in curriculum
  • Have a long term plan to go more deeply
  • Embed yourself into your clients/patrons social information sharing networks, i.e. email lists, department meetings, slack group
  • Ask your customers, “what are they doing?’ instead of “what can I do for you?” to find out what their needs are
  • Sometimes you need to go to your superiors and tell (remind) them why your skills are needed and what you can contribute to the company
  • Hold “office hours” in or near various departments
  • Have an open house
  • Get involved in curriculum planning
  • Look into the students and faculty “Point of Need”
  • Co-teach with faculty/advisors
  • Brown bags with library patrons (staff/faculty/students)
  • Use reference interview opportunities to help/partner with colleagues
  • Regular communication and meet with other departments
  • Never turn down a job (data/opportunity)

Key competencies:

  • Challenge for all librarians – being seen as professionals versus secretarial staff
  • Outreach/Inreach
  • Leading from below
  • Training – clear writing
  • Self-initiative, curiosity, and self-confidence can go a long way
  • Build relationships!
  • Be flexible!
  • Become the wizard – let people think you can find anything!
  • Find a way of organizing your clients and information in a way that works for you – email folders by people/topic/company names, etc.
  • Being very flexible – never refuse a request (helps to make yourself indispensable)
  • Analytical skills to show your value as well as your cost

See you next year in Baltimore!

SLA Embedded Librarians Caucus

http://embedded.sla.org     SLA Connect: Embedded Librarians Caucus (open)    Twitter: @SLAEmbedded

Convener: David Shumaker, shumaker@cua.edu

Communications: Nadine Anderson, nfanders@umich.edu

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