Course-embedded libraries represent an emerging need in education, as academic libraries seek new strategies in service. Amidst the sweeping changes in demographics, technology, science, and economy, the need to reach out to distant learners has reached a critical point, urging librarians, course administrators, and technologist staff to establish new collective goals and strategies. The “virtual carrel” is a vision for an online workspace with collocated course content and embedded library resources. Innovative strategies can be introduced to further integrate the library in the online classroom, thus embedding the library into the context of online coursework. As an extension to macro- and micro-level strategies for library involvement intended for hybrid courses, the author proposes a nano-level strategy, which may solve technical problems preventing the seamless movement between course content and academic library resources. Although the findings here are somewhat specific to the online environment at Baker College, the strategies can be applied towards solving shared problems throughout higher education.
Originally submitted to and published in MLA Forum 4, no. 2 (December 15, 2005). The journal has been taken down by the State of Michigan.
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