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Cuyamaca Library: Mission & Program Review

What is 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.

Cuyamaca College Library has increased the number of electronic resources that can be accessed remotely. But having the resources is not enough.  An embedded librarian will provide support for these students in their virtual space. 

As of Fall 2018, the Library supports about ten counseling courses both online(5) and face-to-face (3). The Librarian and Counseling Instructors have collaboratively developed a career research module.

Guided Pathways Embedded Librarian Project F2017-S2020


This project will provide Counseling courses with a “ready-to-go” Embedded Librarian Assignment  that will improve students career research skills and facilitate course SLO assessment.  

Current Counseling SLOs:

Counseling 120 SLO: Analyze personality types, multiple intelligences, vocational interest and values. Use this information to identify matching careers and set goals for the future (Counseling 110)
Counseling 110 SLO:Identify career goals and majors that match their personalities, interests and values. (Counseling 120)  

Embedded Librarian outcomes:
1. Student will analyze library sources that describe their career, job outlook, responsibilities.
2. Student will use library website and databases to find career information sources.
3. Student demonstrate ability to use proper research citation tools (i.e. MLA).

 PROJECT SCOPE: which courses are included in this project

Counseling 120 and 110.

Embedded Librarian Planning Group to create “ready-to-go” Embedded Librarian Module.  The Planning Group will also will recruit counselors from Counseling 120 or 110 who are willing to participate in this endeavor.

METHODOLOGY:  For online counseling courses, the Librarian will embedded to lead an online discussion and students will complete an assignment. For face2face counseling courses, Librarian will conduct a library instruction session and students will complete library assignment.

COLLABORATION: The expectation for Counselors who participate is that they add the Embedded Librarian Activity to their course, review students responses to library assignment, and use the rubric. This assignment wil be mapped to any final career project

INNOVATION: How will this project advance a continuous cycle of improvement for the program/service area or campus?

Counseling faculty will have as Embedded Librarian assignment and rubric to use for SLO assessment. This assignment will be mapped to the final career project.Results  will be compared during department meetings.

DELIVERABLES: What resources will the project produce that could be used by other faculty or programs?

Embedded assignment.  Common rubric. Although the activities are specific to these courses, this module can be modified for any course willing to introduce career research. 

Assessment results are being gathered in Fall 2018 and analyzed in Spring 2019.