Embedded Librarians: One Library’s Model for Decentralized Service (Brief Communications) (Report)
BACKGROUND The Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL), housed in a building connected to the college of medicine, serves the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and public health at the University of Arizona in Tucson, all in buildings located about 200 feet from each other around a large plaza. As in most other academic health sciences libraries, AHSL circulation and number of reference questions have been dropping [1, 2]. The building is used primarily by students to study, as faculty members rely on the library’s electronic collections to meet their information needs. Despite years of effort, the library was not integrated into the curriculum of most of the colleges. One exception has occurred due to the participation of library staff in planning a new curriculum in the college of medicine.