Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook

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The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook. Ed. by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild. Chicago: ACRL, 2014. 167 p. Paper $48 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8693-6).

This unusually sized (ten inches wide by eight inches high) paperback book is designed for sharing. The wide page borders, excellent layout, and pleasing font make the pages ideal for copying. And that is exactly what librarians will want to do with these very useful "recipes" for embedded librarianship projects. It is amazing how much great information Calkins and Kvenild have stuffed into just 167 pages.

One minor complaint is that the authors never define the term embedded librarian. Although most academic librarians will be familiar with the term, a definition would be welcome because in some contexts, this term refers to a librarian's participation in online-only activities, and in other contexts, embedded librarianship includes both face-to-face and online ventures. Several similar titles, such as Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems (Tumbleson and Burke, 2013) and Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment (Leonard and McCaffrey, 2014), focus exclusively on online environments. This volume, the sequel to the editors' 2011 book Embedded Librarianship: Moving Beyond One-Shot Instruction, considers embedded librarianship in all contexts.

Dozens of librarians have contributed short "recipes" about their embedded librarianship projects to this edited book. …

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