Blossoming the STEM: Libraries working as STEM education partners
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Library faculty at the University of Memphis have recently become very involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. To acquaint ALA attendees of ways the library can partner in this field, the poster will first define STEM and list its areas of academic study, federal agencies, and corporate supporters. A second column will list ways that public, school, and academic libraries have successively collaborated throughout the country based on library literature.
Finally, graphs and statistics will make up the final third related to an ongoing project that is investigating the publications by STEM faculty at this institution over the last 5 years to determine if the authors acquired their bibliographic references through the library’s resources or resorted to other venues. Citation analysis is being conducted via Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science database and through surveying faculty for feedback on how they located their sources. Statistical data gathered will be used to determine what resources the university is lacking, how those resources compare to literature research data in the STEM fields, and future necessities as the library assists in pursuing grants for further STEM education programs. These statistical graphs will provide collection management suggestions that will be helpful to other libraries in improving research assistance as STEM becomes a vital part of the Common Core in the public schools. The three sections will be tied together using botanical illustrations to emphasize the word play on the acronym.