Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Embedded Librarian

Research is at the heart of much coursework. And the librarian is the expert guide. Why then, is the librarian not sitting in on every class - providing input, alerting all to updates in resources, and guiding both instructor and student along the way?

At the University of Southern Maine and a growing number of institutions, academic librarians are embedded in the classes through the LMS discussion board. Enrolled as a co-instructor or assistant, the librarian has access to all of the discussion boards and is able to monitor multiple classes on a daily basis. At long last the librarian becomes an equal partner with the instructor at the virtual front of the classroom to help provide guidance and leadership in the teaching/learning process.

Would a blog work for this?

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