Review: Embedded Librarians
Kvenild, Cassandra, & Kaijsa Calkins, (Eds.). Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction. Chicago, IL: ACRL, 2011. 248p. Softcover, $48.00 (ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8587-8)
Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction is an excellent resource for understanding the history of embedded librarianship, its manifestations throughout current academic library settings, and the future of integrating library service into the physical and virtual arenas of academia. The necessary aspects of effectively embedding librarians, namely the need for collaboration between library staff and the broader academic community, are emphasized – as are the successes and setbacks faced by specific institutions. Written by academic librarians throughout the United States and in Australia, the chapters provide a wide array of research-based and anecdotal information on embedding librarians into institutions of higher education. On the local front, University of Colorado at Boulder’s Business Reference and Instruction Librarian, Matthew Brower, describes the history of embedded librarianship; while Paul Betty and Martin Garnar explain the evolution of embedded librarianship at Regis University.
Though minor editing errors distract the reader, the content of this book is both comprehensive and engaging. This book is suitable to read in its entirety or by browsing chapters. Academic librarians (especially those involved with administration, reference, and library instruction) are the target audience of this book; however, those working in special, public, and high school libraries may also benefit from the strategies suggested throughout. Overall, Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond One-Shot is a recommended addition to your reading list and to your professional bookshelf.