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June 30, 2014 — Practical, step-by-step instructions useful to librarians everywhere are offered in a new book edited by University of Wyoming librarians Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild.
Published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook” offers strategies contributed by librarians representing a wide range of institutions, including community colleges, private liberal arts colleges, regional public universities and state flagship universities. It follows Calkins’ and Kvenild’s 2011 book, “Embedded Librarians: Moving beyond one-shot instruction,” a collection of case studies in embedded librarianship.
“Embedded librarians work closely over extended periods of time with non-librarian groups, whether joining a semester-long course, maintaining an ongoing presence in online courses, participating in broad curriculum planning efforts or joining the staffs of academic departments, clinical settings or performing groups,” Calkins says. “By joining varied groups of patrons and assisting their research over the long haul, embedded librarians commit themselves to service in a very different way than they did in traditional one-shot bibliographic instruction.”
As with ACRL’s 2009 Library Instruction Cookbook, the “recipes” are sorted into categories related to different uses and depth of need. This second cookbook provides librarians with a variety of approaches to embedding instruction in courses and to assessing these activities. It offers 55 recipes aimed at different audiences and for a variety of situations presented.
“’The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook’ is essential for all instruction and liaison librarians and useful for schools of library and information science professional collections,” according to an ACRL review.
About the editors:
Calkins is an associate librarian in the Research and Instruction department at University Libraries and is the subject librarian for the English, American Studies, African American and Diaspora Studies, American Indian Studies, Communication and Journalism and Religious Studies departments. Calkins won the Beginning Professional Award given by the Mountain Plains Library Association (2009). She has written and presented nationally and internationally on embedded librarianship and assessment of student learning in library instruction. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the Information School at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary arts and sciences from University of Washington Bothell.
Kvenild joined UW Libraries in 2003. In 2011, she received the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Award, a national award for service to distance learning. During her time at UW, she has written multiple peer-reviewed articles and delivered several invited talks. She chairs the editorial board of the Journal College & Research Libraries News. Kvenild formerly served as the distance learning librarian for the UW Outreach School and she is currently head of the Learning Resource Center located in the College of Education. She received an MLIS (2000) from the University of Washington-Seattle and a B.A. (1996) in English from UW.
Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild edited their second book together, “The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook.”