Library subject guides and STEM: Innovations in academic pathways
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This presentation demonstrates how North Lake College’s Library uses Library Subject guides (Lib Guides) to prepare students for not only STEM majors, but also STEM careers, leading to student success. The proposal illustrates how academic and college libraries can use their trained staffs, as well as print and online resources, to assist faculty in the instructional delivery of classroom materials. This presentation will be PowerPoint driven (Q & A encouraged) illustrating how the North Lake College Library (NLCL) and STEM faculty work together to create Library Subject Guides (Lib Guides) for core subject areas, as well as specific classes. Due to the explosion of Internet driven resources, not to mention the decreasing numbers of qualified STEM students and graduates, the need for accessible, current, and specific learning resources has changed the format and content of traditional STEM classes. Because of the need to provide the latest and most topical resources to both our faculty and students, the Learning Resources staff at North Lake College have created Library Subject Guides specific to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) courses offered at NLC to assist the faculty in the instructional delivery of classroom materials. The goal of this collaboration between Learning Resources and STEM faculty was to identify ways for the Library to reach more non-consumers, but also to highlight available and previously under published STEM resources that can be utilized for student success. Many times the faculty, who are required to focus so much attention on accountability via the Student Learning Outcome, are simply not aware of all of the additional resources that can be used to ensure their students are achieving the greatest possible success. This presentation allows for other STEM professionals to see how one college is collaborating effectively for the benefits of this important crop of students.