This year’s NCLA Biennial Conference was a positive and meaningful experience for me, especially since I have been involved in the first Executive Board of the newly formed STEM-Librarianship in NC (LINC) Round Table as Secretary-Treasurer over the last year. Due to the efforts of a small but enthusiastic group from across the state, STEM librarians have a home within NCLA. STEM-LINC hosted two NCLA Conference programs, one of which I spoke as a panelist and shared my teaching philosophy behind my LIB220 Science Research Sources and Strategies course in light of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. The other panelists were Karen Grigg, Science Liaison Librarian at UNCG, and Nina Exner, Head of Researcher and Grant Services at N.C. A&T State University. As the incoming Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of STEM-LINC, I am excited to lead upcoming plans for STEM librarianship-related professional development for librarians.
My NCLA Conference experience was busy with STEM-LINC Executive Board and Business meetings, volunteering at the Information Booth, the Vendor Reception, and another presentation with Hu Womack and Kaeley McMahan on “Embedding Outside the Classroom: Three Academic Librarians in the Departments and Residence Halls”, where I spoke about my liaison outreach initiatives by holding office hours in Winston Hall, Salem Hall, and Wake Downtown. I couldn’t attend as many sessions as I would have liked but I went to an informative program on Open Educational Resources, and it was great to meet new librarians and catch up with people whom I haven’t seen in a while.