As technology advances, the services offered by libraries and the roles of
librarians continue being reconsidered. This paper describes the traditional
model and development of liaison and embedded librarians, examines the
online visibility of liaison librarians and their services in an embedded sense,
especially regarding instruction, of selected Canadian Academic Libraries, and
provides a short view to German libraries and their subject librarians.
It has been shown that even if not clearly a development of liaison librarians to
certain embedment is emphasized for each library, it at least evolves to a usercentered
approach and a preference to stronger collaborations. The selected
libraries seek to broaden their scope of partnerships. In which deepness it is
realized, lastly depends on the willingness of both participators and capacities.
Libraries have stated their flexibility in various ways and are ready to step in at
the point of need. The one closest to embedded services is the instruction of
information literacy as its effectiveness requests a longer relationship in order to
flourish. Nevertheless research support in Health Sciences obviously has
become an integral part.