Embedded librarians: Johns Hopkins ahead of curve

Article in USA Today

But none have jumped in as audaciously as the Welch Medical Library has under Roderer. Two years from now, the medical library at Johns Hopkins, a world leader in medical research, will have realized a “distributed” library model — one that nearly everyone else in higher education considers either a far-off goal or a theoretical guidepost. A library located everywhere, and nowhere.

“We don’t really need to have a central service point anymore,” Roderer says. “By 2012 we do expect to be out of the building.”

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