2018 STEM Librarians South Conference

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This is a collection of materials presented at the 2018 STEM Librarians South Conference, hosted by University of Houston Libraries, July 19 & 20, 2018. The STEM Librarians South Conference focuses on topics related to STEM librarianship and is hosted in a different location and institution each year. The conference website can be found [here].


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    2018 STEM Librarians South Conference Slideshow
    (2018-07-20) Lopez, Erica
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    STEMPunk Cafe: Supporting Scholarship as Conversation for Informal STEM Research
    (2018-07-20) McClean, Jessica; Morganti, Dianna
    Many students have extracurricular interests they research outside of class. With the increasingly flexible rules of scholarly communication, students are becoming a part of the scholarly conversation without realizing it. STEMPunk Café was born out of a desire to help students see that their interests can have an equal scholarly weight to their schoolwork. This bi-weekly conversation series gives students an informal forum to share their research. We tied the series to the framework concept “scholarship as conversation” by coaching students through publishing their presentation in the institutional repository and citing it on their resume or CV.
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    Partners and Proposal Readiness
    (2018-07-20) O'Toole, Erin
    Subject librarians at the University of North Texas have partnered with the graduate school and teaching faculty to prepare STEM students for a major milestone in the graduate life cycle – writing the dissertation or thesis proposal. This presentation will share the challenges UNT graduate students face in starting a proposal; details of the Proposal Preparation Workshop for STEM Students, offered since Fall 2016; and student responses to the workshop.
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    Supporting the Unsupportable: Assisting Anatomy & Physiology I & II Through OER
    (2018-07-20) Brazer, Susan
    “Traditional” science courses are tricky. Classes lack library-based assignments; emphasis on course content makes teaching faculty members feel they cannot bring students to the library; and memorization can be the key learning technique for the course, rather than theoretical/discussion type assignments that require library materials. How can you support classes that don’t come to the library, ones without traditional research assignments – aka: how to support the unsupportable? Working outside the box was the answer. Partnering with a campus-based support unit and using open-access materials, I created an innovative way to support Anatomy & Physiology courses in nontraditional ways.
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    Conversations with Chemists Redux: Preliminary Results from an Interview-Based Study on the Information Needs and Habits of Chemistry Faculty
    (2018-07-20) Flaxbart, David; Fletcher, Lydia
    In the spring of 2018 librarians at the University of Texas at Austin interviewed 15 chemistry PIs as part of a local replication of Ithaka S+R’s ongoing series of reports on how faculty in various disciplines gather, manage, and use information and data in the course of their research. Topics explored in the interviews included information access behaviors, data generation and management, publishing preferences, and attitudes toward open science. We will present preliminary findings from this study, including common themes and challenges expressed by the faculty, which we hope will inform the next generation of library services to a clientele that is at the same time demanding (in terms of access to content) and aloof (in terms of regular interactions with the traditional library).
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    Creating and Updating a Faculty Publications List
    (2018-07-20) Fogg, Sonya
    A faculty publications list is an asset that highlights an institution’s productivity. Our library has progressed from assisting with the annual production of a print volume, to creating an online bibliography for each year, to using free tools to populate individual profiles and provide monthly updates. This has been in response to changes both in how people consume information and in our understanding of how this asset can be leveraged. As a nonprofit that relies on grants and philanthropy, our audience includes both those inside and outside of academic medicine. I’ll briefly cover why and how we provide this service.
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    Networking, Advocacy, and Outreach: Women in STEM at UTSA
    (2018-07-20) Hayward, Matt
    It can be difficult to make connections with faculty, especially as a relatively new librarian. This year, for Women’s History Month, the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries hosted a Pop Up Event to promote Women in STEM. In addition to advocating for the advancement of women in STEM fields, the event opened a door for this librarian to introduce himself and the library to many faculty members, to bring students to interact with the library, and to provide social media content for outreach.
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    Depositing Biology Student Posters into an Institutional Repository
    (2018-07-20) Chan-Park, Christina; Vaidhyanathan, Vedana
    “Can I archive the poster presentations from my undergrad class?” In answer to this query from a Biology professor, Baylor University created a workflow to upload group projects into Baylor’s institutional repository BEARdocs. Based on a model developed for graduate projects in museum studies, one student in each group is designated to upload the poster file along with the copyright acknowledgement forms from all the group participants. This endeavor has proven popular because the projects are now discoverable in Google Scholar; consequently, the biology department would like to expand it to other undergraduate classes.
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    Texas Data Repository: A Year in Review
    (2018-07-20) Thompson, Santi
    The Texas Data Repository (TDR) is a consortial data repository administered by the Texas Digital Library and using the Dataverse platform. In this lightning talk I will briefly discuss: (1) progress that the TDR steering committee has made over the last year, (2) the value of participating in a consortial repository service, and (3) successes, challenges, and future goals.
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    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathies: A Neurodegenerative Disorder as a Result of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
    (2018-07-20) Spruiell Eldridge, Sydnee
    Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by participation in contact sports are becoming a significant public health crisis, especially considering the number of individuals in the United States who are now living with the long-term effects of TBIs. Athletes who choose not to report that they are experiencing a possible injury event, or who choose not to make safe decisions about removing themselves from play after an injury, put themselves at increased risk of sustaining lasting neurological damage. There is an increasing body of evidence which suggests that concussive and sub-concussive impacts alike cause the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive, neurodegenerative tauopathy, which may cause declining mental and motor faculties, dementia, and possibly even death. This presentation will discuss multiple facets of CTE, including findings surrounding the psychosocial models the researcher used to explore the experiences of athletes and coaches, as well as the biological model for the progression of the disease, and the researcher’s current projects using Xenopus tadpoles as the model organism.
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    How Librarians Can Positively Impact STEM Students: Active Learning Design & Video Resources
    (2018-07-20) McGowan, Bethany; Ostrosky, Jennifer
    This presentation will show how librarians are supporting the design of active learning curricula by assisting instructors with the selection of appropriate support material and by designing appropriate pre-class and in-class activities. Such support offers STEM librarians a scalable way to include information literacy competencies in instruction. We will discuss how streaming videos, like the JoVE Video Journal, can be assigned as pre-work to replace parts of lectures. And, we’ll share results of a recent study from Clemson University and DeSales University, which suggest that students who watch just 5-minutes of video before class score better on quizzes.
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    Table It and They Will Come
    (2018-07-20) Vaidhyanathan, Vedana; Chan-Park, Christina
    Baylor University STEM librarians hold “office hours” in the Baylor Science Building (BSB) which houses the six science departments. We have a table and tablecloth which we set up near Starbucks where we meet with students and faculty both by appointment and spontaneously. Over Summer 2017, the table was stolen for a second time so we did not immediately replace it until we could find a secure storage space. We continued holding office hours in the BSB during the interim at unoccupied tables. However, interactions decreased despite using the table cloth. So, we bought a new table and a lock.
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    Removing the Invisibility Cloak
    (2018-07-20) Pierce, Stephanie
    What do you do when it seems there’s been an invisibility spell cast on your service desk? How do you make students realize that not only it exists but use it as well? This presentation will discuss low-cost methods a science academic branch library used to increase the service desk presence and readjust traffic flows as well as how these changes were measured and assessed for success.
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    Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources for K-12 and Beyond
    (2018-07-20) Montenegro, Debbie
    Librarians can support science educators and students by fostering science and health literacy programs. This presentation from the NNLM will introduce librarians to science education resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the NIH, and NASA. The resources pertain to these subjects: K-12 science education focusing on anatomy and genetics in relation to astronauts, and health science careers. Communities of Practice and organizations that assist libraries with integrating STEM programming will be highlighted. The overall goal of this course is to help librarians find STEM resources to engage meaningfully with the science education community.
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    2018 STEM Librarians South Conference: Schedule of Events and Abstracts
    (University of Houston Libraries, 2018-07-20)
    The complete schedule of events and abstracts for the 2018 STEM Librarians South Conference, hosted by University of Houston Libraries, July 19 & 20, 2018. The STEM Librarians South Conference focuses on topics related to STEM librarianship and is hosted in a different location and institution each year.