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Librarians were embedded in two Vanderbilt University courses in 2006. The largest undergraduate program is Human and Organization Development at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. As part of an integrated approach, the librarians proposed an “embedded librarian” for a freshmen course of 107 students. A librarian audited a course. As a member of the class, she was informed about the assignments. She scheduled optional workshops that were tailored to the students needs.

At the Owen Graduate School of Management, an embedded librarian worked with 65 undergraduate students from a variety of non-business majors at Vanderbilt. They participated in the intensive 4-week “Accelerator” summer program. The purpose of embedding a librarian was to instill business information fluency and to stress the value of information in academic and real-world situations.

Highlighting their experiences, the embedded librarians and a course professor will present their observations and discuss expected outcomes. They will give advice for those who want to institute this program in their own institutions.