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Wednesday, February 7 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Innovative Pedagogies SIG: STEM in Libraries: Opportunities and Alliances for LIS Educators in this Uncharted Territory

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Libraries across the country have been reimagining their community role and leveraging their resources and public trust to strengthen community-based learning and foster critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement in STEM. What started some years ago as independent experiments has become a national movement. Librarians have varying levels of commitment to and capacity for promoting the interest, engagement, and literacy of library users in STEM-related topics. It is timely that we extend the conversations on lifelong STEM learning in libraries to the preparation of librarians in library and information science (LIS) schools (Subramaniam, et al, 2012). Sponsored by the Innovative Pedagogies SIG, this session will explore opportunities and alliances for LIS educators through panel presentations, discussions, and hands-on STEM activities. Lankes will introduce ideas on how to prepare librarians to incorporate STEM learning experiences into library services (Lankes, 2015; Subramaniam et al., 2013). Stansbury will outline discussion questions and readings that illustrate ways that STEM-related skills and programming resonate with the basic values of librarianship. Subramaniam will illustrate examples of how technology is enhancing library services and collaborations in STEM learning (Hoffman et al., 2016). LaConte will demonstrate strategies for engaging groups underrepresented in STEM fields, through the examination of the roles of libraries as informal learning spaces (Braun & Visser, 2017; LaConte & Dusenbery, 2016), to provide equitable access to lifelong learning. Each panelist will facilitate small group discussions, and LaConte will facilitate a whole-group discussion on the top discussion points. LaConte will provide hands-on demonstrations of teaching and learning approaches. Additionally, participants will receive information about relevant literature, resources, curriculum, and tools to seamlessly incorporate a focus on STEM in their existing courses.


Wednesday February 7, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Cotton Creek II

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