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Embedded Librarian

At Polk State College, we strive to provide equivalent and innovative services to our distance learning students. The concept of embedded librarianship simply refers to maintaining an online presence in our course management system (Canvas) so that we may serve students at their point of need. 


  • "Ask the Librarian" discussion board
  • Instructional research videos and tutorials placed within course content
  • ACRL Framework mapped information literacy interactive tutorials
  • Students have direct email/chat access to eLearning Librarian
  • Library resources tailored to specific course assignments

What can the embedded librarian do? 

  • help narrow topics and brainstorm ideas for research
  • identify keywords and search terms for a topic
  • help students find credible sources and peer reviewed articles
  • provide information about the library's databases, ebooks and other services
  • provide information about citations
  • answer questions about the library or research process

Faculty are free to customize the content and duration of embedded librarian involvement.

Embedding a librarian within Canvas will enhance student engagement, improve student performance, and result in students who are better prepared for research in their future courses.  

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Why do I need an embedded librarian?

Enrollment in online and hybrid classes continue to rise. At the same time, the library has drastically increased the number of electronic resources that can be accessed remotely. But simply having the resources is not enough. Many students need help, not only accessing resources remotely but knowing what resources and services are available to them. An embedded librarian will provide support for these students in their online course environment.

Common ailments: 

  • Students don't use the library
  • Students don't use scholarly sources
  • Students only use Google/Wikipedia

Side effects of using an Embedded Librarian:

  • Less stress
  • Less irritation
  • Higher quality resources

How to Request an Embedded Librarian

Are you tired of getting papers and research projects from your students that are full of unreliable sources and improper citations? Don't have the time to teach information literacy in your class? Let the embedded librarians at the Polk State College Library do it for you! 

How to embed a librarian in Canvas.

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