STEM Member Initiative Group
We have some exciting news to share! Last month during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, a new STEM in Public Libraries Member Initiative Group (STEM MIG)
was established. We hope this new group will be of interest to you, and provide support for an active community of ALA members interested in and involved with STEM programming. A full description of the MIG’s charge is below.(Participation in the STEM MIG is restricted to ALA members; if you are not currently a member, you can learn more by visiting http://www.ala.org/membership/become-ala-member
With the ALA Annual Conference just a few months away, we’d like to invite your involvement in the group!
Join the ALA Connect group. If you’re interested in participating in networking, idea exchanges, in-person and online meetings, conference programs, and grant opportunities, this is the place to get started. Simply click here
, log into your ALA Connect account, and click “Join.” We hope to have a member-established Facebook page for the STEM MIG in the near future as well.
Volunteer to serve as a designated organizer of the MIG. For those interested in taking on a leadership role, we’re looking for 2-4 individuals to take the lead in convening a meeting and/or meet-up style gathering during the Annual Conference in June. The gathering can be as informal as you like; the goal is to get interested members together to connect and share ideas. There are no particular requirements other than ALA membership and a desire to contribute. If you would like to volunteer or learn more, please contact Lainie Castle(firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Sarah Ostman (email@example.com
), staff liaisons in the Public Programs Office. ALA will provide meeting space at the convention center, communication support, and staff assistance with activities as needed. This is a great opportunity to take a leadership role in the Association, without involvement in an election or appointment process! We can also connect you to organizers of another ALA MIG, if you would like advice and guidance from a peer.
Consider conference program ideas for 2017. Members of the STEM MIG will have the opportunity to propose programs for presentation during the 2017 Annual Conference. If your library has an outstanding program model, partnership, or something else that you think others would learn from, let us know.
As with other Member Initiative Groups, the STEM MIG will only flourish if our members get involved. We look forward to hearing from you, and hope for the opportunity to meet many of you in Orlando!
STEM in Public Libraries Member Initiative Group (STEM MIG): 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Just as 21st Century skills include innovation and creativity, libraries are developing new ways to engage their patrons, from pre-school to adults, in STEM learning. Introducing patrons to STEM research and the latest technological developments is something libraries are well-positioned to do. What started some years ago as independent experiments has become a national movement. As libraries evolve into community anchor institutions, this work is becoming an important piece of the programming and partnership puzzle. This group will help librarians engage their communities through the development and exchange of programming resources, hands-on training opportunities, activities that can be used in public programming, and announcements about new discoveries and upcoming events. The group’s efforts will support improved service to groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields, and help increase and sustain youth and public engagement in STEM. Staff liaisons: Lainie Castle-Cimfel and Sarah Ostman, Public Programs Office