Volume 7, 2019: Issue 2

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Integrating information literacy in IT courses: Information technology students’ perceptions of embedded librarians


Scott Spangler, Middle Georgia State University, USA


The purpose of this pilot study is to assess undergraduate Information Technology (IT) students’ perception of benefits from having an embedded librarian in an online learning management system. The pilot research data were collected through a random sample of volunteer focus group members after course completion. Similarly, to the literature methodology, the researcher shadowed a post-course focus group interview session to seek congruent literature themes: perception of comfort in experience, the perception of assignment confidence, and enhanced perception in research abilities. The data were first spiraled down using Quirkos qualitative analysis software and discussed to form a grounded theory. The pilot study concurs with prior literature’s three main constructs: comfort, confidence, and recognition. Additionally, this study recognizes four additional themes: helpful, recognition of embedded librarians, interpersonal growth, and self-efficacy. Finally, this study acknowledges its limitations and recommendations for future research.


Embedded librarian, course-integrated instruction, online instruction


Research paper


The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), ISSN: 2325-4688


International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management (IIAKM)


30 July 2019

Accepting Editor:

Meir Russ