Embedded Librarianship: Physical Worlds & Virtual Worlds

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Embedded Librarianship:Physical Worlds & Virtual Worlds

Valerie Hill, PhDLewisville ISD School LibrarianTWU Adjunct InstructorVirtual World Librarian@valibrarian

Serving Patronswherever they areSchool Library ExampleEmbedding the library through social media/webmasterInformation literacy skills 21st Century Embracing Web 2.0 & user-generated contentContent evaluation & curationMobile appsVirtual Library ExampleEmbedding library services in virtual spacesInternational information literacyEmbracing Web 3.0Global spaces, virtual worlds (Skype, Minecraft, & MOOCs)

What were trying to do is have the library be wherever you are. Nancy Roderer, John Hopkins Welch Medical Library http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/06/09/hopkins

Physical World Embedded Librarian

Print is no longer king of the information hierarchy.Information literacy includes all formats: print, digital, audio, video, logos, images, social media, apps, and transmedia.

As media formats changeso do the terms for literacy --- information literacy, digital literacy, media literacy and a new term I am hearing transliteracy (See http://librariesandtransliteracy.wordpress.com) Print is, of course, still important- but are they always the best choice for learning? This giant dictionary is now an antique!3

Integrating Information Literacy:the challenge of the embedded librarian

The game has quickly changed.

Time to make your move, strategically balancing tradition and innovation.

Information Literacy is like breathing.Information InhalationLiterature appreciationEvaluation of online sourcesFormats of informationReadingInformation ExhalationUser-generatedContent curationWeb 2.0WritingVideo productionphoto credit: dklimke via photopin cc

Print or ebooks: We like both!

What are digital footprints? Am I creating them?

Digital Citizenship

Global NetworkDistance is no longer relevant. Anyone can share user-generated across the globe.

Creating a personal & professional learning network is crucial.

Problem: The blurry line between personal / professional life requires balance, ethics, and a clear focus of intent.

USE WIKIS to EMBED IL for patrons.

Integrating Information Literacy Instruction as Needed

Media Mondays and Wiki Wednesdays

EEE Bar & Brown Bag Lunches

An embedded librarian shares resources and information literacy in numerous formats: both synchronous and asynchronous.

Problems with WIKISDifferent skill levels of usersReluctance to embrace new tools (staff)Lack of time to train usersWhy reinvent the wheel? (Because learning the tool is important.)

Social Media & PLNs

The way we search has changed. Our first go-to places are:

David Ferriero, Archivist of the US stated, Students believe if it isnt online, it doesnt exist. ALISE 2012

Teaching information literacy is now TOP priority for school librarians.

Web 3.0 & the Rise of a Networked GenerationWe all live in virtual worlds, whether or not we have avatars.

Virtual World Embedded Librarian

Dissertation Topic

Virtual World Librarianship ExamplesExhibits, Museums, DisplaysACRL Virtual World Interest Group MeetingsImmersive Learning EnvironmentsHistorical SimulationsReference WorkInformation Literacy Integration

Global Information Literacy Panel

The library and the librarian are not synonymous.Take a risk and go where nolibrarian has gone before!It may be that the great age of libraries is waning, but I am here to tell you that the great age of librarians is just beginning. Its up to you to decide if you want to be a part of it.

~T. Scott Plutchak


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Grassian, Esther. (2012). Teach Information Literacy & Critical Thinking. https://sites.google.com/site/teachinfolit/ (accessed July 17, 2012).Hill, Valerie, and Hyuk-Jin Lee. 2009. Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in second life. Library Hi Tech 27, (3): 338-56.

Howard, H. (2012). Looking to the future: Developing an academic skills strategy to ensure information literacy thrives in a changing higher education world. Journal Of Information Literacy, 6(1), 71-81.

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Plutchak, T. Scott. 2007. The Librarian: Fantastic Adventures in the Digital World. Serials, 20(2), 87-91. Webber, Sheila and Diane Nahl. 2011. Sustaining Learning for LIS through use of a Virtual World. IFLA Journal (37)(1): 5-15.

Photos from bigfoto.com and Second Life by Valibrarian