Josh Duberman (left), of the National Institutes of Health (and an "informationist" himself) conducted a very popular session yesterday afternoon on "embedded librarianship." Among the speakers was NIH’s Susan Whitmore, shown speaking, above.
To paraphrase, "informationists" or"embedded librarians" are those information professionals who also possess a depth of subject knowledge (say in medicine), which permits them to anticipate what a researcher is looking for among the results. Informationists don’t just retrieve references, they analyze, sift results, digest the material, and deliver answers.
You’ll no doubt get the full report from one of my most trusted Information Today reporters, Mimi Drake, who I spotted (below) taking notes in the standing-room-only audience.
— Dick Kaser, ITI VP, Content