STEAM Senior Library Assistant Durham County Library Durham, North Carolina
The Urban Libraries Council, with support from IMLS, explores strategies and approaches to serving middle-school students with STEM programming through an equity-based lens. Recognizing that STEM programming provides the skills and develops the attributes youth need to be successful in a quickly changing world, library STEM programming can help engage or re-engage youth during the critical early adolescent years. STEM programs allow the public library to honor divergent perspectives, knowledge and learning styles and developing effective models can help signal not only deeper learning outcomes for library programming, but can help build equity and stop a "leaking" STEM pipeline that has left people of color and people in poverty behind.
This session explores effective models from library leaders who participated in the ULC learning cohort. We will examine the ways in which designing with the community can strengthen our equity goals and drive more inclusive outcomes, deepen understanding of how to develop STEM partnerships that harness the reach and strength of both organizations to drive change and strengthen service and learn about effective evaluation practices, and finally, participants will take part in a hands-on STEM activity proven to be effective with middle-school youth.
Gain understanding of the ways in which STEM has traditionally left BIPOC communities behind and the unique value proposition of the library to drive STEM equity programming for middle-grade youth.
Acquire best practices in developing STEM partnerships that harness organizational capacity to drive equity-based and inclusive practices in your community.
Learn from ULC member librarians how to use core principles of equity to design programs and effectively evaluate them.