Walker Library

Embedded Librarian -- For Instructors

What is it?

A librarian added to your online course in D2L to field questions about research and library usage.

Request an Embedded Librarian.

What does the embedded librarian do?

  • help students access the journal articles, books, or course reserve materials that they need
  • help students use the online journal databases
  • help with finding appropriate resources online (journal articles, electronic books, and websites), so that students don't necessarily have to come to campus
  • help resolve technical difficulties in accessing online library materials
  • inform students of special library services that occur during the semester
  • help with difficult citation formats
  • help students access materials that the library does not own
  • advise students how to access library-owned materials that are not online

Request an Embedded Librarian.

Does it help?

In a recent survey of online students with an embedded librarian in the course, 92% said they would like to have a librarian in future courses. Here are a few comments from students:

"I think this is a great service to students. Very helpful."

"Library work is sometimes difficult, therefore it is helpful to find someone who knows what to do."

"[The embedded librarian] was fantastic. She responded immediately to all questions, provided value information, helped us log onto the library and was a constant source of help. She made our classes easier by directing us. The internet library can be pretty intimidating and she showed us how to navigate through the maze."

Should you embed a librarian?

Do any of your assignments require research? If so, a librarian would be helpful, especially if you require peer-reviewed sources. Are you tired of students using websites as the only sources in their papers? A librarian can guide students to more authoritative sources.

Request an Embedded Librarian.


Contact Sharon Parente, Distance Learning Librarian, at (615) 898-2549 or by e-mail at Sharon.Parente@mtsu.edu.