History and Evolution of the Embedding Program at the State Library of Oregon

  • Natalie Brant State Library of Oregon
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This article will describe what the embedding program does, its history at the State Library, and how it has evolved over time—including how important it has been for connecting with state agencies and offering our services and resources within our new reality of remote work. I will outline how the embedding program came to be, how it was developed, describe how it creates stronger connections with our state agency patrons and the various outreach programs we have developed to promote the program. I will also provide some examples of what has worked, and what has not, in the program.


Note: A new version of this article was posted on Nov. 6, 2020, to include the author's updated State Library of Oregon email address.


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Author Biography

Natalie Brant, State Library of Oregon

Natalie Brant has been a Reference Librarian at the State Library of Oregon for the last three years. Prior to this position, she was the Head of the Library Services at the Open Society Foundations in New York City. She graduated from the Pratt Institute with her MLIS in 2010. In her free time, she runs a whiskey club for women in Salem and raises chickens in her backyard.

How to Cite
Brant, N. (2020). History and Evolution of the Embedding Program at the State Library of Oregon. OLA Quarterly, 26(2), 40-43. https://doi.org/10.5399/osu/1093-7374.26.02.09