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Faculty Resources

This guide provides information about library services available to PGCC faculty.

Embedded Librarian

What’s an Embedded Librarian?

An embedded librarian is a librarian that is integrated into an online class for a period of time to support the student's in their research process. 

Why do I need an embedded librarian?

The popularity of online classes has risen over the years. The reasons for choosing an online class are varied.  Most often the main reason is that the student is not able to visit the physical campus, and the library, so they do not have the same exposure to the services of the library.

For this reason, the library has increased the number of electronic resources that can be accessed remotely. But having the resources is not enough. Many students have difficulties and 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 virtual space. 

What can the embedded librarian do for your class?

  • 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, e-books and services
  • provide information about citations
  • answer questions about the library or research

Embedded Librarian Program

Types of Embedded Librarian

Teaching Assistant 

If you have just one or two research projects, consider requesting a librarian for a particular week or time period within the semester. The librarian will assist your students with the specific project during the week(s) of this assignment. The librarian can maintain the Library discussion board forum.

How to Request an Embedded Librarian

Are tired of getting essays and research projects from your students that are full of unreliable sources? Don't have the time to teach information literacy in your class? Let the friendly knowledgeable librarians at the PGCC Library do it for you! 

To request an embedded librarian in your course, simply fill out the Information Literacy Instruction Form. Once your request is received the assigned librarian will contact you about selected dates.

Request Form