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Integrating Library Resources into Blackboard - A Guide for Faculty

What is Embedded Librarianship?

"Embedded librarianship involves the delivery of highly customized and highly valued information and knowledge services to a customer group with well-defined needs."

- Shumaker, David. "A Wide Range of Approaches" Information Outlook 14.1 (2010): 10-11.

The needs may have to do with

  • narrowing topics and brainstorming ideas for research
  • identifying keywords and search terms
  • finding credible sources and peer reviewed articles
  • learning about library databases,e-books and services
  • citing sources
  • organizing and presenting information
  • etc., etc.

Examples of Embedded Content

Example 1

Session descirption with files and links to use in class and beyond

Example 2

Links and tips for finding information for course papers

Example 3

Embedded video tutorial and options for cinacting the librarian

Add a librarian

Librarians can serve as co-instructors within Blackboard courses and provide valuable virtual assistance from making themselves available for reference questions to providing links and tips for course-related research, etc.

You can add a librarian as a co-instructor by setting up the librarian as a course user and then upgrading the privileges of the user:

  • Go to the "Users and Groups" section of the Control Panel, expand "Users and Groups" and click on "Users."
  • Click "Find users to enroll."
  • (Optional: Check your subject librarian's contact information).
  • If you know the librarian's username, enter it. Otherwise click "Browse."
    • Select one of the following: first name, last name, email address, or username.
    • Select one of the following: "Contains," "Equal to," or "Starts with."
    • Click "Go." All matching entries appear.
    • Click the checkbox next to the name and click “Submit” at the bottom of the screen to save your choice.
  • From the "Role" drop-down menu select "Instructor,"  "Teaching Assistant," or "Course Builder." The person in any of these roles can post notices and materials to the course site via the Control Panel. Click “Submit” to save your changes.

See Suggested Best Practices for Faculty Considering Embedding a Librarian in a Blackboard Course for more information.

Request a custom research guide

If your class has a research assignment, we can create a research guide tailored to that assignment. Guides include suggested resources and instructions. See, for example, Homework Assignment Guide for Chemical & Environmental Graduate Seminar
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Contact your subject librarian to request a guide.

Help with research assignments and assessment

If you want your students to learn particular research skills, we can create an assignment for you. We can also assess the research skills of your students through pre- and post-tests delivered via Blackboard. Please contact your subject librarian.

You can find a variety of information literacy/competency-related assignment and assessment examples and tips in the Introducing Students to Library Research Guide.

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