Tag Archives: science

Collaboration between school librarians and STEM teachers

This is a recent Masters thesis by Janet Bader at the University of Central Missouri.

Strengthening the connection between the school library and math and science

There is a need to increase student achievement and career entry in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. This paper is a review of the literature regarding the lack of existing collaboration between school librarians and math and science teachers and methods to increase this collaboration in order to increase student achievement in these areas. Results of the review indicate that when a collaborative relationship exists between school librarians and math and science teachers, student achievement improves.

A collaboration of researchers, librarians, library students, and ants

Dorothy Barr recently wrote “The Ants Go Marching: Interns’ and Librarians’ Roles in a Global Collaboration” for the Spring 2014 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. From the abstract:

This paper describes how five Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) students worked on GAP and AntWiki, finding and collecting PDFs of articles; posting online those that are out of copyright; searching for and uploading portraits of taxonomists; and creating a page on Antwiki on Human Culture and Ants. The project thus became a collaboration of researchers, librarians and library students to further the world’s knowledge of ants, the “little creatures that run the world” in E.O. Wilson’s words (Upton 1995).

Breaking rules sometimes needs collaboration

This is an interesting presentation – Breaking all the Rules: Lock-in at the Sciences Library, by Brett Cloyd and Sara Scheib


Imagine forty first-year students at the library after hours, yelling and racing through the stacks, pulling books off the shelf before sprinting to another section. It might sound like a librarian’s worst nightmare, but it was all according to plan. In an effort to help overcome library anxiety and give our students a fun introduction to academic libraries, we broke all the rules to develop a Library Lock-In event. This collaborative effort supported by the Library, Residence Life, and the Honors Program turned out to be very successful and was one of the most well-attended programs offered to the LLCs. In this session, you will learn more about LLC program, how we worked with Residence Life and the Honors Program to plan and publicize the event, what activities worked well, what didn’t and what we’ve learned from our mistakes.

New book covering collaboration in STEM librarianship

This new book, How to STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries, is edited by Carol Smallwood and Vera Gubnitskaia.

The book contains eight parts, each emphasizing a different aspect of how to succeed with STEM. Part 1 emphasizes how hands-on activities that are both fun and educational can be used to further STEM awareness. Parts 2 and 3 contain chapters on the uniting of STEM with Information Literacy. Innovative collection development ideas are discussed in Part 4 and Part 5 focuses on research and publishing. Outreach is the theme of Part 6 and the programs described in these chapters offer an array of ways to connect with students of all ages. The final section of How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries addresses the funding of these programs.

Librarians of all types will be pleased to discover easy-to-implement suggestions for collaborative efforts, many rich and diverse programming ideas, strategies for improving reference services and library instruction to speakers of English as a second language, marketing and promotional tips designed to welcome multicultural patrons into the library, and much more.

British Library teams with scholars and archivists to create Voices of Science,

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.”

Researchers, Twitter, and Collaboration

This Eureka Alert has a short blurb from the University of Miami (FL).

Researchers’ tweets move science forward

University of Miami scientist and his collaborators explain how twitter is useful in sharing ideas, sparking collaborations and publicizing discoveries”

A report on collaboration from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences Calls for Reorganization of the U.S. Scientific Enterprise to Meet 21st Century Challenges

The report, ARISE II: Unleashing America’s Research & innovation Enterprise, highlights the need for greater synergy between government, university, and industry research. It advocates for greater integration of theories, concepts, and applications from multiple scientific disciplines – biology, physics, medicine, engineering, and computer science – to solve the complex problems of the 21st century.

“Scientific and technological innovation has been vital to the economic prosperity and security of the United States,” said Leslie Berlowitz, President of the American Academy, “yet there is growing concern that the nation risks losing its position of global technological leadership. ARISE II examines the factors affecting America’s productivity in science and technology and suggests steps to encourage transdisciplinary and trans-sector research collaborations.”

I found this through Inside Higher Ed.

The PDF can be found here.