Prof. Dave Shumaker’s Book on Embedded Librarianship

SLIS Clinical Professor Dave Shumaker’s book The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It’s Needed is now available for advanced orderEmbedded Librarian coverFrom the publisher:

Here is the first comprehensive survey of the growing practice of “embedded librarianship”—a strategic model for placing information professionals into partnerships with the individuals and working groups that depend upon their knowledge and expertise. David Shumaker looks at implementations in all types of organizations, identifies the characteristics of successful embedded librarians, and explains how information professionals in public, academic, school, medical, law, and other specialized library settings are using embedded librarianship principles to enhance their work and careers.

In demonstrating the value of information professionals to a broad range of knowledge-intensive projects, The Embedded Librarian is an important book for managers and executives involved in team building. In addition, its wealth of practical coverage and analysis, case studies, templates, and exercises make the book an invaluable resource for library school students, practicing librarians who wonder if an embedded role is right for them, and current embedded librarians who want to be ready for new opportunities in this exciting area of library work.

David Shumaker is Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the development and successful implementation of new roles for librarians in all types of organizations, with a special emphasis on embedded librarianship. In 2008, he and his co-investigator, Mary Talley, were awarded the Special Libraries Association Research Grant for their project, “Models of Embedded Librarianship.” Project reports are available on the SLA website, and related articles have been published in Library Journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly, and Information Outlook.

Previously, Dave was a corporate librarian at the MITRE Corporation, where he served as Manager of Information Services, leading corporate library, archives, and records management operations. Earlier in his career, he was a Library of Congress Intern, a cataloger, and an automation specialist for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He holds graduate degrees from Drexel University and the University of Maryland.

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