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The Embedded Librarians: Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Communications & information management; Market research
Author: Shumaker, David
Date: Jul/Aug 2012
Start Page: 24
Pages: 4
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A librarian is someone who works in a library. For centuries, librarians were identified with the buildings in which they worked. Long after they unchained their books, opened up their stacks, and encouraged people to take materials out of their libraries, they've continued to confine themselves inside their libraries. Today, that's changing. Digital information is ubiquitous. People don't have to come into libraries to get it or to use it. They obtain and use information at home, in the office, in dorm rooms, and in restaurants. They gather information sitting down and standing up. They use desktops and laptops, smartphones and tablets. The philosophy of embedded librarianship is quite different. Embedded librarians need to be fully "read into" the nature of the work being performed. Whether ifs the learning outcomes of an academic course or the commercial objectives of a market research study, embedded librarians need a full understanding of the nature of the task and the goals of the effort.

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