Lab-Integrated Librarians: A Model for Research Engagement

Alexander J. Carroll, Honora N. Eskridge, Bertha P. Chang


To gain firsthand insights into the daily workflows of researchers and to create opportunities to engage in the full research life cycle, engineering librarians at North Carolina State (NC State) University launched a pilot project to embed themselves into campus research groups by attending weekly lab meetings. This article provides details on the program’s implementation, the ethnographic assessment methods used to capture the activities of researchers during weekly lab meetings, and an analysis of the data collected. Based on these findings, the authors provide potential implications for professional practice, offering suggestions for how this pilot program could be expanded into an enterprise-level service as well as areas for further research.


Assessment and Evaluation; Data Curation and Management; Data Visualization and GIS; Library Instruction and Information Literacy; Outreach and Liaison; Reference Services

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