<div dir="ltr">Opportunity....<div><br><div class="gmail_quote">---------- Forwarded message ----------<br>From: <b class="gmail_sendername">Sarah Ostman</b> <span dir="ltr"><<a href="mailto:sostman@ala.org">sostman@ala.org</a>></span><br>Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:24 AM<br>Subject: [pubprgms] Public Libraries & STEM Conference - Call for Abstracts<br>To: "<a href="mailto:pubprgms@lists.ala.org">pubprgms@lists.ala.org</a>" <<a href="mailto:pubprgms@lists.ala.org">pubprgms@lists.ala.org</a>>, "<a href="mailto:publib@WEBJUNCTION.ORG">publib@WEBJUNCTION.ORG</a>" <<a href="mailto:publib@webjunction.org">publib@webjunction.org</a>><br><br><br><div lang="EN-US" link="#006633" vlink="purple"><div><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1f497d"><u></u> <u></u></span></p><div><div><div><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif";color:#1f497d"><u></u> <u></u></span></b></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.stemlibraryconference.org/" target="_blank"><b><i><span style="font-size:24.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:windowtext"><img border="0" width="672" height="164" src="cid:image001.jpg@01D052A3.B4050880"></span></i></b></a><u></u><u></u></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Having Trouble Viewing this E-Mail? </span><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.stemlibraryconference.org" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">Click Here</span></b></a><u></u><u></u></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">Meeting Portal</span></b></a></span><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black"> | </span></b><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/abstract_submission/?mtg=514" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">Submit an Abstract</span></b></a></span><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black"> | </span></b><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/stemlibraryconference/sponsors/" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">Sponsors</span></b></a></span><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black"> | </span></b><span style="color:black"><a href="https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/stem" target="_blank"><b><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">Venue</span></b></a><u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), was awarded a grant for the first-ever </span><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.stemlibraryconference.org" target="_blank"><b><i><u><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">Public Libraries & STEM</span></u></i></b></a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1f497d">(<a href="http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/stemlibraryconference/" target="_blank">http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/stemlibraryconference/</a>) </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">conference that will take place in Denver, Colorado August 20–22, 2015. This conference will bring library and STEM professionals and funders together to build productive relationships; explore promising practices in designing effective programs; help define a new 21<sup>st</sup> century vision of STEM learning in public libraries; and develop a foundation for a future evaluation and research agenda for libraries and their partners engaged in STEM education efforts. The conference is expected to attract approximately 150 participants.</span><span style="color:black"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">The conference’s work and published proceedings will inform future development of informal STEM learning programs in libraries.  A pre-conference survey of library professionals to assess the current state of STEM programming in public libraries across the country is currently underway. It will identify key needs, opportunities, and barriers to providing an effective, informal STEM learning program. The results will be shared at the conference to inform the collaborative efforts of public libraries, funders, STEM organizations, and researchers and evaluators in providing STEM learning experiences at public libraries. STEM and library experts will also produce six “Background Papers” that will highlight research in how people learn through out-of-school-time (OST) experiences; the power of collective impact; audiences that libraries are serving; and the ways libraries are continuing to evolve to meet their community’s needs. In order to provide ongoing channels of communications between STEM organizations and libraries, a <i>Leadership Forum</i> will be established following the conference for leaders and decision-makers from both the public library and informal STEM education and research communities.</span><span style="color:black"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><div style="border:none;border-bottom:solid #a85c02 1.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in"><h1 align="center" style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:center"><strong><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:windowtext;font-weight:normal">Call for Abstracts</span></strong><u></u><u></u></h1></div><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Your leadership at the intersection of public libraries and STEM is critical to the success of this conference!</span></b></span><span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black"> </span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">We encourage you to <b>submit an abstract by April 2, 2015</b> to support one of the following topics that will be explored during the conference. First, create an account in the Meeting Portal at </span><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal</span></a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">; then enter the presentation title, author(s), and abstract as you wish it to appear in the conference program at </span><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/abstract_submission/?mtg=514" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/abstract_submission/?mtg=514</span></a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">. Develop your presentation to support one of the five conference topic areas (see below), and select the appropriate topic from a drop-down menu on the abstract submission form. </span><span style="color:black"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><div align="center"><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="border-collapse:collapse"><tbody><tr><td width="630" valign="top" style="width:472.5pt;padding:4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt"><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">TOPIC 1:  <b>21<sup>st</sup>  Century Visions of STEM Learning in Public Libraries </b></span><u></u><u></u></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Oral presentations, poster presentations, and discussions under this topic will focus on how the following contribute to a broader ecosystem that supports STEM learning:  1) the development of the profession and the needs of librarians helping facilitate STEM learning and 2) promoting interest, engagement, and literacy of library users and patrons. Discussions around this topic will focus on defining what STEM learning in a 21<sup>st</sup> century library looks like in terms of space, staffing, management, and connections to the community and other organizations. </span><u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="630" valign="top" style="width:472.5pt;padding:4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt"><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">TOPIC 2:  <b>Case Studies of Successful STEM Implementation in Libraries </b></span><u></u><u></u></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Poster presentations under this topic will focus on the lessons learned in implementing STEM learning experiences in libraries or with libraries as partners. Presenters are invited to share tools, resources, strategies, outcomes, and community impacts that others can use. Conference participants should walk away not only with solid “nuts and bolts” ideas, but also with an understanding of implications and relevance to aid them in applying lessons learned as they implement their own initiatives.</span><u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="630" valign="top" style="width:472.5pt;padding:4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt"><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">TOPIC 3:  <b>Effective Collaboration Models  between Libraries and STEM Organizations  </b></span><u></u><u></u></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Oral presentations, poster presentations, and discussions under this topic will highlight “scalable” and “spreadable” collaborations (local and/or national) to provide STEM learning experiences. Presenters are invited to share examples of ways in which public libraries and STEM organizations (e.g., science museums, STEM professional associations, universities/colleges, schools, research institutions, state and federal agencies) are working together to increase access to and availability of quality STEM learning opportunities in urban, rural, and low-income communities. Presentations should highlight effective principles for collaboration, including strategies for managing and sustaining partnerships and collaborations. </span><u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="630" valign="top" style="width:472.5pt;padding:4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt"><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">TOPIC 4:  <b>Strategies for  Reaching Groups Underrepresented in STEM Fields  </b></span><u></u><u></u></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Informal STEM education providers (including libraries) continually seek to effectively engage underrepresented audiences in learning opportunities. Oral presentations, poster presentations, and discussions under this topic will highlight evidence-based practices and key strategies for designing and developing successful in-reach/out-reach interactions to engage targeted audiences in relevant, mindful, and active learning. This topic strand offers an excellent opportunity for libraries and other informal education institutions to share and learn from each other’s successful efforts at engaging underrepresented audiences in STEM learning.</span><u></u><u></u></p></td></tr><tr><td width="630" valign="top" style="width:472.5pt;padding:4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt 4.0pt"><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">TOPIC 5:  <b>Building a Foundation for Evaluation and Research for STEM Learning in Public Libraries </b></span><u></u><u></u></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Oral presentations, poster presentations, and discussions under this topic will share what is currently known about the nature of STEM learning in public libraries and other relevant informal education settings.  Presentations will examine the critical factors that lead to rich and effective STEM learning experiences in libraries and compare them with the corresponding impacts from other informal education institutions. Discussions will begin to map an agenda for future STEM learning research and evaluation in public libraries.  </span><u></u><u></u></p></td></tr></tbody></table></div><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Abstract Deadline — Thursday, </span></strong><b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">April 2, 2015</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">, 5:00 p.m. </span><span style="color:black"><a href="http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/images/timezone.jpg" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:windowtext">U.S. Central Daylight Time</span></a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black"> </span><span style="color:black"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p><span style="color:black"> <u></u><u></u></span></p><p style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:black">·</span><span style="font-size:7.0pt;color:black">         </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Abstracts sent by e-mail will <strong><span style="font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"">NOT</span></strong> be considered.</span><span style="color:black"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:black">·</span><span style="font-size:7.0pt;color:black">         </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:black">Abstracts are limited to 1500 characters.</span><span style="color:black"><u></u><u></u></span></p><p style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:black">·</span><span style="font-size:7.0pt;color:black">         </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-se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