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Community and Embedded Librarianship

Digital access has expanded the boundaries of library services beyond the four walls of the library building, and librarians are reaching out to engage with their communities in new ways, offer new services, and play new roles. The transition is taking place in libraries of all types and in all sectors of society. In public libraries, librarians are building partnerships to address critical information and learning needs in their neighborhoods and regions. In primary and secondary education, proactive librarians are infusing information skills into the curriculum, often by getting out of the library and into the classroom. In higher education, embedded librarians are collaborating with subject faculty across a range of teaching and research activities. In government, nonprofits, and private sector organizations librarians join project teams and ensure that the team has and uses the information it needs to achieve its goals.

The Community and Embedded Librarianship course of study prepares students to lead the transition of libraries from passive collectors to active agencies in service to their community. Its focus is on the process of engaging with members of a community or organization, both individually and in groups, to understand their life and culture, identify their goals and needs, and work alongside them to improve their situation and their outcomes.

Representative position titles related to this course of study include: Instruction Librarian, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Liaison Librarian, Marketing and Outreach Librarian, and Community Services Librarian.

Course Selection

Required Courses (4 courses: 12 credits)

  • LSC 551: Organization of Information
  • LSC 553: Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555: Information Systems in Libraries and Information Centers
  • LSC 557: The Information Professions in Society

Highly Recommended Courses (4 - 5 courses: 12 - 15 credits)

  • LSC 610: Information Architecture and Web Design
  • LSC 635: Human Information Behavior
  • LSC 644: Information Literacy Instruction
  • LSC 672: Management
  • LSC 772: Marketing Libraries and Information Services

Other Recommended Electives (3 - 4 courses: 9 - 12 credits)

  • LSC 631: Storytelling
  • LSC 641: Collection Development
  • LSC 643: Oral History
  • LSC 675: Research Methods
  • LSC 695: Practicum
  • LSC 752: Design and Production of Multimedia
  • LSC 756: Systems Analysis and Evaluation
  • LSC 843: Public Programs, Outreach and Digital Exhibits in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
  • No more than one of: 881, 888, 889

Community and Embedded Librarianship course of study checklist (.docx) (.pdf)

Community and Embedded Librarianship flyer (.pdf)


Courses mapped to LIS Competency Areas
(see The Professional Competencies for Graduates of the Masters in Library Science Degree Program)


Information Organization



Information Technology

Professional Identity


Required Courses





Highly Recommended Courses









881, 888, 889

Professional Organizations of Interest

Reference and User Services Association
Special Libraries Association, Embedded Librarians Caucus
Public Library Association

Publications of Interest

Reference and User Services Quarterly
Public Services Quarterly
Library Leadership & Management


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Page updated May 2017

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