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Library Liaisons: Embedded Librarian (eLearning)

The liaison librarians function as a contact between the departments and the Library. They share information about resources and solicit requests and suggestions for developing the library's collection.

e-Learning Instruction Faculty

Robert Fernandez -

Collection Development /
e-Learning Librarian

Telephone: 301-546-7566

Julie Seigel -

Outreach / Instruction Librarian

Telephone: 301-546-0138

Request Services

Click on the link to access the request forms. (myPGCC login required)

Having problems?

Having difficulty using the form? Questions? Contact:

Robert Fernandez 
Phone: 301-546-7566

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?

  • provide information about the library's databases, e-books and services
  • help students find credible web sources
  • assist with citations
  • help narrow topics and brainstorm ideas for research
  • identify keywords and search terms for a topic
  • assist student with the PGCC online catalog
  • answer questions about the library or research

Types of Embedded Librarian

Semester-Long Class Librarian 

If you are teaching a writing and research intensive course that requires extensive use of library resources, consider requesting this type of embedded librarian. For this type of class the librarian maintains a Library discussion board forum. Your librarian will maintain this forum all semester long where she/he will post helpful instructions, answer questions, and work with students throughout the semester on various assignments and projects. 

Guest Class Librarian 

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 maintains 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 un-realible 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 and instruction type.

Tutorial: Instruction Request: Blackboard

e-Learning Library Research Instruction Form

The e-Learning Library Research Instruction Form can be accessed through the Contact for Services page.

In order to access the form, you need to login to the myPGCC portal using your OWL Link username and password. The form can be used to request an instruction session for your online Blackboard classes.

Fill out the requested information:

  • Instructor's name
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Course number 
    • Example: EGL 1010
  • Course name
    • Example: Composition I: Expository Writing
  • From the drop-down menu choose : Blackboard


  • Date(s) preferred
    • Enter the dates in the following format: month/day/year
    • Example: 02/14/2012
  • Librarian as guest (enter date range):
    • In this section specify how long the librarian will be a guest in your Blackboard course
    • Most sessions last five business days, Monday through Friday 
    • Enter the dates in the following format: month/day/year
    • Example: from: 02/13/2012 to: 02/17/2012
  • Number of students
  • Please describe assignment and/or purpose of instruction
    • Please fill out with information about the work the students will be doing during the period the librarian is a guest
    • Include any information about the assignment or any specific information you want explained in the discussion board
    • If possible please e-mail the assignment to the assigned librarian