Where On Campus Is Jay Bhatt? Drexel’s Embedded Librarian

Where On Campus Is Jay Bhatt? Drexel’s Embedded Librarian
Jenny James Lee
April 3, 2014

Two days a week you can find liaison librarian for engineering, Jay Bhatt, hanging out in a student lounge. For four hours each week Jay transports his laptop and his library expertise to the lounge to provide coaching and guidance to students and faculty on-site. Jay calls it “Being Connected,” his own take on the embedded librarianship concept, which takes librarians out of their offices and places them in the locations on campus that allow close coordination with faculty and students.

Starting in the fall term, Jay began to explore various approaches to build on his already established connections and he worked together with the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering to choose two locations for him to embed.

“With more students, new departments and new faculty members, it becomes all the more important for a liaison librarian to keep informed with departmental needs,” Jay says.

During his weekly Thursday sessions, Jay asks faculty and students about their research and information needs, emerging trends in their work, their use of library resources and opportunities for collaboration. He also maintains a notebook where he tracks the questions that he is asked – which provides valuable insights into various research areas and helps Jay to anticipate the needs of students. While embedded in the lounge, Jay has helped a wide variety of researchers find the information they needed. This ranges from helping a student use EndNote to format their research paper using IEEE style to finding articles on truss bridges in Engineering Village and from helping faculty start their Faculty Portfolio to helping students locate resources on writing an effective business plan.

As always, you can still seek research guidance in the physical library and through the Libraries’ website. However, as technology allows for greater transport and sharing of resources, the Libraries, and its staff, will continue to seek ways to partner with researchers in the areas where they conduct most of their work.

Mark your calendar to visit Jay for an informal consultation during an upcoming Tuesday between 4 – 6 p.m. or Thursday between 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.. Jay will also be in the College of Engineering's Lebow Engineering Center, Speitel Conference Room [rm 231] on Wednesday from 12 - 2 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.. Topics include but are not limited to: EndNote and Refworks assistance, Faculty Portfolios, patent searching, locating standards, thesis questions, effective sources, articles & literature review, web resources or general advice and questions.