How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries

Rowman & Littlefield
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During the past few years, groups like the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Center for Education have been placing great emphasis on the significance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. In brief, the US is seen as falling behind the rest of the world in science and technology education. In response, the curricula have been revised in many educational institutions and school districts across the country. It is clear that for STEM to be successful, other community organizations, most particularly libraries, need to be closely involved in the process. Library staff realize the importance of getting involved in STEM education, but many have difficulty finding comprehensive information that will help them plan and successfully implement STEM direction in their organization. This book is designed to meet that need. It is timely and relevant. How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries is by and for libraries who are involved in contributing efforts into advancing these subjects. It is organized in 9 parts including funding, grant writing, community partnerships, outreach, research, and examples of specific programming activities. Authors are drawn from the professional staffs of educational institutions, libraries, and non-profit organizations such as science museums.
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.
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About the author

Carol Smallwood received a MLS from Western Michigan University, MA in History from Eastern Michigan University. Librarians as Community Partners: an Outreach Handbook; Bringing the Arts into the Library are recent ALA anthologies. Others are: Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012); Marketing Your Library (McFarland, 2012); Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies to Encourage Library Use (Scarecrow Press, 2013). Her library experience includes school, public, academic, special, as well as administration and being a consultant; she’s a poetry Pushcart nominee.

Vera Gubnitskaia, a manager at the Orange County Library System, Florida, obtained her library degrees from Moscow Institute of Culture (Russia) and Florida State University. Vera worked in public and academic libraries in Russia and USA. She co-edited Marketing You Library (McFarland 2012) and Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland 2013). Her chapters appeared in the Librarians as Community Partners (ALA 2010) and in Library Management Tips that Work (ALA 2011). Her reviews were published by the Journal of International Women’s Studies and Small Press Review.
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Rowman & Littlefield
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Dec 5, 2013
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Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology
Language Arts & Disciplines / Library & Information Science / General
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Fewer employees, shorter hours, diminished collection budgets, reduced programs and services--all at a time of record library usage. In this book, library expert Carol Smallwood demonstrates that despite the obvious downsides, the necessity of doing business differently can be positive, leading to partnering, sharing, and innovating. This collection speaks to universal concerns, presenting creative and resourceful solutions from dozens of librarians representing a wide variety of institutions. The "Frugal Librarian" helps library professionals: (1) Find supplementary funding sources, including grants; (2) Save money by sharing resources, using tiered staffing for technical services, and implementing green it; (3) Tap into grassroots movements to save neighborhood libraries; and (4) Preserve and enhance important library functions like programming, outreach, and staff development, despite a tight budget. This book offers plenty of ideas that can be implemented immediately. The book is divided into the following Parts: Part I, Helping Patrons Job Search, contains: (1) Knowledge-Based Job Hunting and Interview Preparation (Michael A. Germano); and (2) Start Your Job Search Here (Jason Kuhl); Part ii, Librarian Survival, presents: (3) Entrepreneurs in the Library: How an Entrepreneurial Spirit Expanded the Patron Base and Elevated Its Political Standing (James Lund); (4) Laid Off? Here's One Way to Land on Your Feet (J. James Mancuso); (5) Low- and No-Cost Development Opportunities for Librarians (Colleen S. Harris); (6) Online Resources in Michigan: a School Librarian Survives Hard Times (Margaret Lincoln). Part iii, Grants, continues with: (7) Grant Proposals for the Working Librarian: From Idea to Implementation (Lois Stickell and Lisa Nickel); (8) Tools for Grant Searching (Victoria Lynn Packard); and (9) Writing Grant Proposals for Diverse Populations (Vandella Brown). (4) Part iv, Programming, includes: (10) Creating and Sustaining Community-Focused Programs (Wayne Finley and Joanna Kluever); and (11) Nothing to Lose: Creative Programming for the Frugal Librarian (Lisa A. Forrest). Part v, Sharing, includes: (12) Increasing Resources in Tough Times: a New Funding Model for the Purdue University Career Wiki (George Bergstrom and Mary Dugan); (13) Innovating and Saving with Joint-Use Libraries (Emily Dill); (14) Multitype Regional Library Responses to the Economic Crisis (Tom Taylor); (15) Museum Passes: a Low-Cost, High-Impact Partnership (Rebecca Tuck and Lisa Fraser); and (16) Saving by Sharing: Using Open-Source and Shared Catalogs to Do More with Less (John Helling). Part vi, Management, presents: (17) Bringing the Outside Back In: Creative and Cost-Effective Outreach Strategies (Kacy Vega and Kim Becnel); (18) Cost Factors in Digital Projects: a Model Useful in Other Applications (Lisa L. Crane); (19) Data-Driven Cancellation Decisions (Leslie Farison); (20) Green Information Technology Saves Money, Saves Resources (Sarah Passonneau); (21) Managing Staff Stress during Budget Crises: Lessons for Library Managers (Colleen S. Harris and Mary Chimato), and (22) Student Assistants: Maximize Effectiveness through Coordinated Training (Ken Johnson and Sue Hisle). Part vii, On-the-Job Success, contains: (23) Bidding Service Contracts in Public Libraries (Tom Cooper); (24) Digital Projects on a Shoestring (Emily Asch); (25) Developing Partnerships for Added Value (Aline Soules and Sarah Nielsen); (26) Organizing in the Streets and in the Stacks: a Grassroots Movement Saves Neighborhood Libraries (Edgar C. Bailey Jr.); (27) Turning Gifts and Discards into Gold (Robert Holley); and (28) a Small School Library Meets the Economic Challenge (Colleen Driscoll). Part viii, Staffing, presents: (29) Leveraging Internal Resources to Fill Library Staff Shortages Temporarily (Marwin Britto); (30) Making Good by Making Do: Using Student Staff to Drive Library Technology Innovation (Gwen Evans); (31) Tiered Staffing for Technical Services (Mary S. Laskowski and Fang Huang Gao); (32) We're All in This Together: Solutions for Creative Staffing (Heidi Blackburn and Erin Davis). Part ix, Professional Development, includes: (33) Building Sustainable Professional Development Opportunities in Technology Literacy (Marwin Britto) and (34) $40 a Day, or Attending Library Conferences on the Cheap (Regina Koury).
From the Forward by Michael Lesk:
Google has now developed services far beyond text search. Google software will translate languages and support collaborative writing. The chapters in this book look at many Google services, from music to finance, and describe how they can be used by students and other library users.
Going beyond information resources, there are now successful collaboration services available from Google and others. You can make conference calls with video and shared screens using Google Hangouts,
Writing documents with small numbers of colleagues often involved delays while each author in sequence took over the writing and made edits. Today Google Docs enables multiple people to edit the same document at once. An ingenious use of color lets each participant watch in real time as the other participants edit, and keeps track of who is doing what. If the goal is to create a website rather than to write a report, Google Sites is now one of the most popular platforms. Google is also involved in social networking, with services such as Google+
Other tools view social developments over time and space. The Google Trends service, for example, will show you when and where people are searching for topics. Not surprisingly, searches for “swimwear” peak in June and searches for “snowmobile” peak in January.

The Complete Guide to Using Google in Libraries, Volume 2: Research, User Applications, and Networking has 30 chapters divided into four parts: Research, User Applications, Networking, Searching. The contributors are practitioners who use the services they write about and they provide how-to advice that will help public, school, academic, and special librarians; library consultants, LIS faculty and students, and technology professionals.
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Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century is an anthology on small public libraries as centers of communities serving populations under 25,000 that make up most of the public library systems in the United States. A wide selection of topics was sought from contributors with varied backgrounds reflecting the diversity of small public libraries. The thirty-two chapters are arranged: Staff; Programming; Management; Technology; Networking; Fundraising; User Services and provide tools to lead a local public library with relevant and successful services. This volume shares a common sense approach to providing a small (in staff size or budget) but mighty (in impact and outcome) public library service. The contributors demonstrate that by turning the service delivery team outward to the community with enthusiasm and positive energy, it is possible to achieve significant results. Many chapters summarize best practices that can serve as checklists for the novice library director or as a review for the more seasoned manager working through new responsibilities. Chapters are tactical, focusing on specific issues for managers such as performance evaluations, effective programming, or e-reader services. Time management is crucial in a small or rural public library as well as the challenges associated with managing Friends and volunteers.

While most public libraries do not have the resources to satisfy customer expectations for instant gratification, ultra-convenience and state-of-the-art technologies, The authors of this book details strategies and methods for providing top-notch customer service while moving beyond customer service to the creation of meaningful customer relationships. This volume makes an important contribution to the literature by reminding us that public libraries transform communities of every size. In fact, never before has the role of the public library been a more critical thread in the fabric of community life.
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