Survey contributes to a fuller understanding of STEM in Australian libraries

Those of us in library-land are increasingly aware of the larger part that technology plays in all our lives. We are also aware of the larger part that libraries are playing in equipping our clients with STEM based skills, to thrive in this ‘brave new world’.

The online world has grown so much in the last few years, with many areas of life and work being transformed by ‘disruption’. In the midst of this revolution, it’s occasionally a good thing to pause and consider the bigger picture, and how we in libraries might position ourselves for a more cohesive approach to delivery of STEM programming in the future.

A current project seeks to do just this. Keliann LaConte, Fulbright Global Scholar, is conducting a research project as part of the U.S. Fulbright Program, hosted by University of South Australia’s School of Education. The goal of this research is to “understand the state of STEM learning opportunities in Australian libraries and help identify future potential collaborations between the library and STEM professions”.

As library staff working on the front line with your communities, you are invited to contribute your own insights to this project, in the form of a short survey. The Libraries and STEM Learning survey is entirely voluntary, but provides an opportunity to contribute to research which could help shape future directions on the delivery of STEM, STEAM and related activities in libraries.

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and results will be disseminated through library professional networks and made available to the field of STEM learning at the conclusion of the project in December 2019.

Please send any comments or questions to Keliann LaConte, Fulbright Global Scholar, at keliann.laconte@alumni.caltech.edu