STEM-LINC (STEM Librarianship in NC) has given STEM-enthusiast librarians from all types of libraries (academic, public, special, and K-12 libraries) a home organization to connect and provide leadership opportunities with the mission and vision  to inspire librarians to create programs that incorporate “STEM for Every NC Library” (from the STEM-LINC logo).

STEM-LINC has proven to be a viable, relevant organization that developed and sponsored three NCLA Conference programs of which I coordinated the planning in my role as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect and Co-Chair of the STEM-LINC Programs Committee. The first STEM-LINC program, “Get Involved in STEM: Partner Organizations across NC” featured a distinguished panel of speakers including Lisa Tolley from the NC Environmental Education Certification Program, Jason Diem from the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), Marcus Harshaw from Kaleideum, and Martha Fisk from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.  Emily Vorhies, STEM-LINC Co-founder and incoming Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, served as moderator of the panel discussion. The purpose of organizing this panel discussion was to raise awareness of various STEM resources, exhibits, and outreach programs available across North Carolina.

Over 60 people attended the second STEM-LINC program, “Beyond Makerspace,” which was a Conversation Starter facilitated by Lara Luck and Rudiyette Yisak from Forsyth County Public Library and David Romito, Science Librarian at UNC-CH Science Library. The third STEM-LINC program was a panel in which I was invited to speak with Karen Grigg and Terri Ottosen from UNC-CH Health Sciences Library on “Recognizing and Avoiding Implicit Bias in Health Sciences Collections and Services.” Specifically, I spoke about citation bias due to the Matthew Effect and the Matilda Effect, and how librarians’ efforts to utilize systematic review methodology can mitigate selective citation bias in scientific/medical research. Our presentation has stimulated dialogue with other librarians at UC-Berkeley Public Health Library and UNC-Wilmington Library. If you’d like to hear more about it, let me know!

At the STEM-LINC Business Meeting during the NCLA Conference, the first Chair and STEM-LINC Co-founder Karen Grigg installed the new officers for the 2019-2021 biennium, including Denice Lewis as Member-at-Large representing College & University Libraries (Congrats, Denice!) and myself as incoming Chair. It has been gratifying as one of the co-founders to see STEM-LINC grow from humble, yet visionary beginnings of a small group of STEM-enthusiast librarians to a full Executive Committee representing various types of libraries. Thanks to Kathy Shields and the Conference Program Committee for working with STEM-LINC to bring robust programs to fruition at the 2019 NCLA Biennial Conference. We are well on our way with planning new quarterly programs for the 2019-2021 biennium.