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Embedded Librarianship in a First-Year Experience Program for Future Health Professionals

Monday, May 6
5:35 PM - 5:50 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Teaching librarians often refer to embedded librarianship as the confluence where inspiration, collaboration, and adventure happen. Embedded librarianship is rewarding and a pinnacle of library teaching and learning (Kemp, 2006). It is also complex, challenging, and requires continuous assessment. This panel presentation will highlight the experiences of four teaching librarians, with expertise in a range of topics, embedded in a state flagship institution’s first year experience program for future health professionals.

Kemp, J. (2006). Isn’t being a librarian enough? Librarians as classroom teachers. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 13 (3), 3-23.
Description : Four librarians will present perspectives on the challenges and successes of embedded library teaching in undergraduate first-year health professional courses. We’ll present individualized ways librarians work with faculty partners to align library information literacy learning outcomes to the program’s course outcomes and the ACRL framework. Throughout the discussion, we’ll share a set of guidelines, library syllabi, and a checklist we used for designing, building, teaching, and assessing library instruction in collaboration with faculty partners. The program is comprised of two-semester cohort learning community courses grounded in health sciences. The primary partnership in each learning community are a lead instructor, a fully collaborative librarian partner, and a peer mentor selected from the top students of the previous academic year.

Conclusion : One highlight of the discussion will be results from a recently administered survey for all students in the program to assess their skills in information literacy. During the 2017-2018 school year, funding was secured for a program-wide assessment using Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) test. The SAILS Test confirms the benefits of having an embedded librarian and compares students in the program with other institutional and national information literacy initiatives. Librarians will speak to the role assessment has played in validating the librarian role and how we’ve refined how information literacy content is delivered and infiltrated throughout coursework.

Brandon Patterson

Technology Engagement Librarian
Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, Utah

Brandon Patterson, MSI, MA, is the Technology Engagement Librarian at the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. He connects faculty, staff and students to digital tools and emerging technologies and creates meaningful experiences using prototyping tools, virtual reality and online learning platforms.


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Tisha Mentnech

Research Librarian for Life Sciences & Research Metrics
North Carolina State University Libraries
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tisha Mentnech is the Research Librarian for Life Sciences & Research Metrics at North Carolina State University Libraries. She holds an MSLIS from Simmons College. Tisha works and advocates for ethical data practices, openness, equitable access to information, transparency, and intersectionalism.


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Nena Schvaneveldt, AHIP

Education Librarian
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Nena Schvaneveldt, MSLIS, AHIP, is an Education Librarian at Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah, where she provides curricular-integrated instruction in information literacy, focusing on developing lifelong learning skills and mindsets. She is interested in improving information literacy education of health sciences students by studying information seeking behavior of health professionals.


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Donna Baluchi

Library Supervisor
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Donna Baluchi is the Public Services Supervisor at Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah. She is a MLIS student from San Jose State University. Donna Baluchi has served as a Chair of Communications Advisory Committee and as Reference Coordinator for the Clinical, Research & Education Team. She has been recognized for her work with the MLA Minorty Scholarship in 2018 and the ACRL Staff Travel Scholarship in 2019. Donna is passionate about design, DIY ethics and information liberation. In her spare time she volunteers as a dinosaur librarian.


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