STEM Librarians South 2022

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STEM Librarians South, now in its 12th year, is the first conference to focus solely on STEM librarianship. The conference brings together information professionals and academics to discuss current research, ideas, insights, and best practices that advance STEM research and education. STEM Librarians South 2022 was hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio, virtually, on July 28th-29th, 2022. For previous year's presentations, see the conference's figshare at Full 2022 schedule available on the conference website at


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    Introducing,, and Research Rabbit
    (2022-07-29) Lewis, J. Denice
    How do you know if an article was withdrawn or retracted? What if you could determine if citations were supporting, contrasting, or simply mentioned for an article? How do you assess the connections between two or more research papers to find similar research articles? With advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence combined with open access and data initiatives, new tools have been developed/released in the last five years which will change how we find and evaluate resources as well as connect interdisciplinary research.
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    Using Techsmith Capture videos to analyze a student’s information seeking behaviors
    (2022-07-28) Lewis, J. Denice
    When teaching an information literacy credit-bearing course, it can be difficult to assess what students learn, retain, and apply when conducting research. In the LIB290: Information Literacy for Engineering course that I developed and taught Spring 2022, I had students explain how they constructed their search string, what databases/tools they used, and how they selected their resources in a variety of different assignments. Reviewing the videos unveiled misconceptions in using phrase searching and grouping as well as revealed the improvement students made prior to starting the instruction and at the end of the semester.
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    Select survey results from academic librarians and professors on teaching and using pirate websites
    (2022-07-29) Kipnis, Daniel G.
    I will share select survey results from professors and academic librarians on their use of pirate websites. With the never-ending rising cost of academic journal subscriptions, shrinking library budgets and a need for accessing full-text literature in order to conduct research and apply for grants; pirate websites have become an alternative means for accessing scientific paywalled literature. Sci-hub is the most popular global pirate website and continues to face legal challenges. My research gathered feedback from academic librarians and professors to see if pirate websites are being discussed and or taught in higher education, as well as personal usage and general knowledge of pirate websites. My responses are from academics in STEM and I’ll conclude my talk with some recommendations for addressing pirate sites in the academy.
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    STEM Researchers: Collaborating to Enhance Global Biodiversity Initiatives
    (2022-07-28) Pritt, Andrea; Wham, Briana
    When approached by an international team of researchers investigating the lack of global biodiversity metadata, two librarians jumped at the chance to collaborate. In this lightning talk, the presenters will share the story of this serendipitous collaboration to improve metadata records associated with genomic sequence data, highlight the expertise that librarians as information professionals and data curators bring to this kind of research, discuss plans to host a series of curate-o-thons, and seek attendee feedback.
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    Do STEM Researchers Understand STEM Librarians' Data Management Terminology?
    (2022-07-28) Pritt, Andrea; Wham, Briana
    In Spring 2021, STEM research librarians at Pennsylvania State University conducted a mixed-methods research project to investigate the research data management (RDM) awareness and practice of STEM researchers across the university. Through a quantitative survey and qualitative focus groups, the librarians set out to answer two related questions: Do researchers understand the terminology commonly employed by librarians when discussing RDM? and What terminology do researchers from different disciplines use when discussing RDM? Preliminary results from textual analyses will be shared during this presentation and attendees will learn how STEM researchers at an R1 university – in five different academic disciplines – understand and define RDM terminology commonly used by academic STEM librarians.
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    Active Learning for Entry Level Chemistry Student Research
    (2022-07-28) Mlinar, Courtney
    Information literacy instruction sessions are frequently delivered using a teacher-centered lecture approach followed by a hands-on activity session. Inquiry-based science education changes the teacher role from authority figure to facilitator, creating an environment of discovery and engagement and developing the knowledge practice of Research As Inquiry, a threshold concept of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. A well-designed science information literacy session depends on students asking questions, allowing students to build deeper understandings of previously learned concepts. Since undergraduate science students often have a limited knowledge base of scientific topics, a multidisciplinary approach to research is transformative. Connecting newly developed knowledge in the sciences to current societal issues helps students engage in the research process. Active learning techniques and collaborative work help students enter the scholarship conversation with literature review skills.
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    From Zero to Python in 10.5 Hours: Building Foundational Programming Skills in an Introductory Workshop Series
    (2022-07-29) Tims, Geoffrey
    Scientists generate increasing amounts of data, often resulting in published papers, datasets, or web-based applications. Python is a general-purpose programming language that can support researchers in data analysis and processing tasks, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, and web-based applications. In Spring 2022, the Marine Resources Library, College of Charleston, offered a workshop series to introduce marine biology graduate students and state and federal research partners to the basics of this open source, highly readable programming language. Using small cohorts, Jupyter Notebooks, and active learning strategies, we guided participants through a hands-on experience of programming fundamentals to develop basic coding skills and an understanding of potential applications of Python in their research. Participants expressed interest in continuing to learn data science skills with Python, while some recognized applications of Python for their work.
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    Pivot! Shifting from non-STEM to STEM Librarianship
    (2022-07-28) Jacobs, Jennifer; Burns, Erin M.
    Library school often doesn’t have a STEM librarian track, leaving STEM librarians to find their own way. In this presentation two STEM librarians will discuss how they came from non-STEM backgrounds and adjusted/adapted to STEM librarianship. Learn what they learned, the trials they overcame, and how they pivoted to STEM.
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    STEM Workshops and You
    (2022-07-28) Burns, Erin M.; Jacobs, Jennifer
    Have you ever wondered how to reach more STEM students? This seminar will go over how we have used workshops to teach a variety of STEM students and subjects and how you can use workshops to reach your students.
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    A Potentially Novel Use of Systematic Review Screening Software for Thematic Coding of Survey Responses
    (2022-07-29) Bogucka, Roxanne
    This brief presentation will describe a process used to import responses to an open-ended, text-entry survey question into Rayyan, where three researchers then thematically coded the responses. The presenter will discuss the applications used, the rationale for their selection, and provide space for attendees to comment on similar “off-label” uses of softwares.
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    Evidence Synthesis in STEM: Expand your competencies to serve your emerging researchers
    (2022-07-29) Morganti, Dianna
    Engineering and other STEM disciplines are adopting evidence synthesis methodologies from Health and Social Sciences disciplines, and some STEM librarians are being caught unaware. The tools and standards from those disciplines don’t always translate exactly to Engineering, nor are they consistently adopted. Learn some STEM-specific professional development sources and standards to expand your knowledge of this research methodology so you can better serve those researchers. Even if you can’t add a new service, knowledge of the methodology will help you adapt your regular consultation methods to these unique questions. Attendees will leave with a list of sources of further learning to create their own professional development plan.
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    Creating a STEM Collection to House Higher Risk Standard Textbooks
    (2022-07-28) Long, Jennifer
    It can be challenging to add standard textbooks in science and engineering disciplines to the library collection since many are only available in print format. When these texts are placed in the circulating collection, they are often stolen, hidden, or borrowed by other universities making them unavailable. When these texts are placed on reserve, they are protected like course textbooks but have low usage due to the short loan period. To combine these options, a new STEM Collection was created to house higher risk standard textbooks. Topics to be covered are why this new collection was needed based on statistics for lost and missing textbooks, how it functions including guidelines for identifying higher risk items, ways it is being promoted, and what worked and did not work during the pilot.
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    Disconnecting from Social Media: A Tale of an Engineering Library
    (2022-07-29) Zahradnik, Tracy
    In 2014, the Engineering & Computer Science Library at the University of Toronto created a Twitter account as part of our outreach program. This was our first step into exploring social media. We started this account in part from the pressure that it appeared every academic library was on social media at the time and we wanted to be part of the trend. We poured hours of work into our account and on the surface, our ‘engagement’ metrics appeared to providing a good return. However, after taking a deeper dive into our user community demographics, compared our Twitter to that of other engineering libraries, University of Toronto libraries and engineering departments, the return on investments on the literal hours per week we spent maintaining the account was low. With the addition of evidence starting to rise that social media had an impact on mental health, keeping social media was not in line with the mental health backbone of our outreach program. As a result, our library took down our one and only social media account and has been a social media free library since. The hours spent maintaining our account were used to help bolster our face-to-face interaction with students during outreach activities. This talk will briefly describe our acquiring, maintaining, assessing and dismantling of our social media account and also highlight some of the dangers of social media on mental health.
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    Teaching Scientific Publishing Literacy as a Special Topics Course
    (2022-07-28) Reycraft, Kimberly
    In this lightning talk I will share my experience developing and teaching and one-credit special topics course for graduate environmental science students, exploring issues in scholarly, scientific publishing. The first part of the course focused on the process of choosing a journal and getting a peer reviewed article published, while the second part explored issues like open access, research impact, data sharing, controversies, and the future of scientific publishing. The course was structured with weekly readings, discussion board posts and student-led discussions. I will explain how I pitched the idea and got buy-in from the department chair to create the course. I will also share my experience with teaching for credit for the first time as a librarian. Plans for the future will also be discussed.
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    Science People: Promoting Science Identity Development in Undergraduate Students
    (2022-07-29) White, Elisabeth B.
    Science identity, or the ability to see one’s self as a scientist or “science person,” is a key indicator of academic trajectory and student success in STEM fields. The association between science identity and performance is especially pronounced for students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds (Chen et al, 2021). STEM librarians have the opportunity to promote scientific thinking and boost student confidence but facilitating identity development can be challenging when librarians may experience science anxiety or imposter syndrome themselves. This presentation will explore current research on science identity development in undergraduate students and provide strategies that STEM librarians can use to foster students’ sense of belonging in scientific fields.
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    DIY Market Reports - STEM & Business Librarians Collaborate
    (2022-07-29) Altamirano, Isabel M.; Kenly, Patricia E.
    When Altamirano worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she received questions about obtaining market reports about a STEM subject. Since these reports cost more than $2000.00, she had to tell the researchers that it was not possible to buy the report because of costs and availability only to one user. However, if the researchers were interested, she could consult another librarian so that the researcher could create a similar document. Altamirano asked Patricia Kenly to collaborate. After examining the Table of Contents of the reports, they devised a research strategy. With Kenly's business knowledge, the researcher was able to find information pertinent to the current status and future trends of the business model. Altamirano searched STEM databases (including patent resources) to show the researcher about the development and current research of the product or invention. This activity can be replicated in all academic libraries to provide a valuable service.