Embedded Librarian


The term embedded librarian describes a variety of service models in a variety of organizational settings. Embedded librarian service models often include an academic librarian who participates in an academic course on an ongoing basis, teaching information literacy skills. These courses often hold assignments that serve both the learning goals of the course and extensive knowledge of library resources. The role focuses on providing services to user groups away from the physical library, so that they can work more closely with the members of those groups. Similarly, an Informationist is best known as a medical or health sciences librarian who also has a subject-specific background in a biomedical discipline that serves as part of a clinical or biomedical research team.

Further Resources

Brady K, Kraft M. (2012). Embedded & Clinical Librarianship: Administrative Support for Vital New Roles(link is external). Journal of Library Administration, 52(8):716–30.

Carlson J. (2011). Embedded librarianship in the research context. College & Research Libraries News, 72(3):167–70.

Cimpl Wagner K. (2012). Evaluating the effectiveness of clinical medical librarian programs: a systematic review of the literature(link is external). Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100:14–33.

Kesselman MA, Watstein SB. (2009). Creating Opportunities: Embedded Librarians(link is external). Journal of Library Administration, 49(4):383–400.

Tan MC, Maggio LA. (2013). Expert searcher, teacher, content manager, and patient advocate: an exploratory study of clinical librarian roles(link is external). Journal of the Medical Library Association, 101(1):63–72.

Edwards ME, Black EW. (2012). Contemporary Instructor-Librarian Collaboration: A Case Study of an Online Embedded Librarian Implementation(link is external). Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 6(3-4):284–311.

Federer L. (2013). Embedded with the Scientists: The UCLA Experience(link is external). Journal of eScience Librarianship, 2(1). dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2013.1039

Freiburger G, Kramer S. (2009). Embedded librarians: one library’s model for decentralized service(link is external). Journal of the Medical Library Association , 97(2):139–42.

Kealey S. (2011). Continual evolution: the experience over three semesters of a librarian embedded in an online evidence-based medicine course for physician assistant students(link is external). Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 30(4):411–25.

MacEachern M, Townsend W, Young K, Rana G. (2012). Librarian integration in a four-year medical school curriculum: a timeline(link is external). Medical reference services quarterly, 31(1):105–14.

Martin JR. (2010). The Newly Embedded Librarian: Pharmacy Information Liaison Service(link is external). Public Services Quarterly, 6(2-3):187–97. Available from: 

Miller RK. (2012). Social media, authentic learning and embedded librarianship: a case study of dietetics students(link is external). Journal of Information Literacy, 6(2):97–109.

Shumaker D, Talley M. (2009). Models of Embedded Librarianship Final Report [Internet](link is external). Washington, D.C.

Sullo E, Harrod T, Butera G, Gomes A. (2012). Rethinking library service to distance education students: analyzing the embedded librarian model(link is external). Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 31(1):25–33.

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