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Embedding Instruction: A Conversation on Strategies

Iris Finkel,
Reference and Instruction Librarian/Visiting Lecturer
Hunter College Libraries



  • Hunter: Iris presented her experience in Modernism and the Image
    • What worked?
      • Being proactive by following student blog posts and commenting when appropriate
      • Training on finding images from open access sources
      • Research guidance
    • What didn’t?
      • Not enough in-class instruction time for librarian
  • Middlesex:
    • Too difficult to fully embed; not enough librarians — too many teaching sessions
    • Course management system: Campus Cruiser
    • Attempted to embed but technology glitch – collaboration status in course not working so scratched embedded model
    • Uses Remind to contact students
  • Laguardia:
    • Has brown bag lunches for library faculty to review different databases(Alexandra suggested that Jeff use CC license on website)


  • Time – suggest attend 1x a month to establish relationship with students
  • Scale – how to scale with limited amount of librarians


  • Suggest embedding in class 1x a month vs. one shot
  • Use different platforms for communicating with students
    • Example: City Tech Open Labs
  • Laguardia Center for Teaching and Learning – Inquiry assignments; information literacy sessions for faculty; application to participate


Spring Training: Stellar Ideas for the Library Classroom (May 2015)

On Friday, May 15, 2015, LILAC held its annual spring event, “Spring Training: Stellar Ideas for the Library Classroom,” at City College of New York. The event ran from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and featured workshops and discussion groups on topics led by a number of CUNY librarians. This website serves to document the event.

The sessions were as follows. Click the links below to be taken to a more detailed description of each breakout session.

LILAC spring event planning committee:

  • Amrita Dhawan (City College)
  • Robert Farrell (Lehman College)
  • Julia Furay (Kingsborough Community College)
  • Meagan Lacy (Guttman Community College)
  • Amy Stempler (College of Staten Island)

Finally, we love feedback! Please let us know your thoughts via this survey.Your comments will help in determining the format and content of next year’s spring event. Thanks for participating.

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