Engineering Librarian Baylor University Waco, Texas
Background: The three STEM Librarians at our institution decided that because the research on campus is often multi-disciplinary and the students are not being siloed into their disciplines that we needed to have a multi-disciplinary STEM team at our institution. The Health and Life Sciences Librarian, Physical Sciences Librarian and Engineering Librarian have pooled their ideas and are reworking the way we approach librarianship to a team-based model in order to be a stronger team for our students.
Description: In designing our program the Physical Sciences Librarian has been given the new title of STEM Coordinator. In this position she has been holding regular STEM team meetings where we have been redesigning our LibGuides to direct students not just to our liaison responsibilities but also to other places of interest. We hope that this new initiative will cause the institution to see that the STEM students (including Health Sciences) need different attention as they do research. We also plan to hold interdisciplinary workshops to show how a student can work through different science disciplines.
Conclusion: We hope to measure how many people attend our workshops and how many hits we have on our LibGuides, compared to when they were streamlined to discipline and coursework.