Miriam Kahn

Miriam B. Kahn, founder of MBK Consulting, provides education and consulting for libraries, archives, corporations, cultural institutions and individuals on topics ranging from genealogy and local history to database searching, government documents, and preservation. She is an active genealogy and local history researcher working with maps, materials, and records in cultural institutions and, of course, uses online materials. She is a popular presenter and teacher throughout the Midwest and offered courses at Kent State University’s Graduate School for Library and Information Science. She holds an MLS from Queens College, CUNY and a PhD in History from Kent State University.

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Embedded Librarians Never Stop Learning

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 8/7/2018

Information professionals have a reputation for knowing a little about everything. As embedded special librarians and archivists, it’s essential that we remain relevant. One way to do so is to continuously hone your knowledge through continuing education. Another way to remain “in the know” is to share what you learn—within the organization and your professional specialty.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

Part 4: How Embedded Librarians Add Value to Catalogues and Databases

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 7/31/2018

Through being part of a digitization or processing project, embedded special librarians add value to catalogues and databases. Their “In-The-Know” positions mean they can act as liaisons between the project designers and managers and the processors, catalogers, and input specialists. Specialized vocabulary and carefully crafted thesauri add precision to catalogs, metadata, tags, and, best of all, search results.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Libraries

Dedicated or part time embedded librarians: What works best for your organization?

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 6/19/2018

Embedded librarians can be dedicated staff members, or available upon request on an ‘as needed’ basis. Which strategy works best for your organization, project, and budget?

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

Part 2: Benefits and Value of Embedded Special Librarianship

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 5/25/2018

Embedded information professionals share their expertise across the enterprise—which benefits from increased awareness of internal resources and projects. Embedded special librarians add value by bridging information silos while disseminating information throughout the organization.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

Part 1: Embedded Librarians and Information Professionals—In the Thick of Things

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Posted by Miriam Kahn on 5/8/2018

Embedded special librarians are contributing members of their departments or groups. They are in the thick of things, participating fully in the development of projects, integration of new services, or dissemination of materials and information throughout the organization and its clientele.

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Topics: Professional Development, Special Librarians

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