This webinar explores new approaches to reference that embed the librarian in the community, answering questions at the point of need, and growing community connections.
At the innovative Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, librarians don’t just wait for the questions to come to them. They leave the building and embed the public library in the community. Through a series of projects and experiments, the Douglas County librarians have explored a new dimension of modern reference service, one that places their expertise at points of need to respond to the questions the public didn’t take to the library. By helping to define and answer questions in context, the embedded librarians add value to their community.
Presented by: Jamie LaRue, director, Coble Galston, business librarian and Amy Long, Parker library manager, Douglas County Libraries (CO)
Start time: 1:00 Eastern / 10:00 Pacific [Note: 90 Minute session]
Archive viewing options:
- View slides (pdf)
Questions to consider:
Can you name three community LEADERS that are really doing something in your community?
- Can you name three ORGANIZATIONS that are doing significant work in your community?
- Can you name three ISSUES that will be critical focuses for your community in the next 18-24 months?
Handout: Community Reference (doc)
- Community Reference: Making Libraries Indispensable in a New Way, American Libraries, May/June 2012
- Higher Education Report (pdf): Put together by a team of librarians and administrators seeking to answer a question around higher education in Douglas County, addressing a recurring theme in community meetings druing that that year.
- Medical Marijuana Dispensary Report: Research collected for the Castle Pines Economic Development group. They were asked by the City Council to make a recommendation, so Amy offered to put together this executive summary on the issues to help assist them with their recommendations.
- WebJunction webinar on Community-Led Libraries
- On Embedded Librarianship:
- David Shumaker’s Book and Blog, The Embedded Librarian
- Buffy J. Hamilton in TechSource LTR, Embedded Librarianship: Tools and Practices, presentation, Taking Embedded Librarianship to the Next Level: Action Steps and Practices, and ScoopIt on Embedded Librarianship
- Cheryl Becker, A New Kind of Librarian
(Updated 9/23/13 MH)