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1 Elizabeth Chisholm – Hokowhitu Librarian Heather Lamond - Head of the Distance Library Service Massey University, New Zealand Information Literacy Development at a Distance – Embedded or Reality?

2 4 campuses all geographically spread headcount total Distance Learners (35% of EFTS, but 52% of headcount) Each Campus has a Library serving the needs of their students About Massey University

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4 The Embedded Librarian “[t]he concept of embedding implies a more comprehensive integration of one group with another to the extent that the group seeking to integrate is experiencing and observing, as nearly as possible, the daily life of the primary group. Embedding requires more direct and purposeful interaction than acting in parallel with another person” (Dewey, 2005, p. 6) Dewey, B. I. (2005). The Embedded Librarian. Resource Sharing & Information Networks, 17(1-2), 5-17.

5 Reality 46 Teaching Faculty 40+ Postgraduate Courses 2 Fulltime equivalent librarians (who, of course, have other big chunks of stuff to get done as well as teaching IL)

6 The Integrated Librarian What it is... Access to the online learning space Reusable learning materials Authentic tasks Personal interaction with learners

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10 What it is not... Co-teaching the course Marking for credit Creating highly tailored material for each course Time intensive (yes, really!)

11 Benefits Greater reach Availability Flexibility and constructivist Learner driven Sustainable and scalable Attractive to faculty

12 Risks? Diminished relationship with students? Reduced visibility of the “the library”? No more “sage on the stage”? Just doing more work with the same time?

13 Evaluation and Analysis Measures of learner engagement: Viewing the IL content Viewing the Library forum Posting to the Library forum

14 Findings Learner engagement is affected by: Degree of “onlineness” of course Faculty support for IL material Need for IL skills Placement within the course

15 What now? More evaluation of the model Further refinement based on evidence

16 Conclusions Need to focus on the four critical factors for success Professional partnerships with faculty are crucial Integrated but not embedded

17 Questions or discussion? Contacts: Heather Lamond e:


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