Texas Tech University

University Libraries Hosting Texas STEM Librarians Conference

Sarah Connell

June 28, 2016


The annual event, which brings together STEM librarians from around the region, will take place July 21-22 at Texas Tech.


Texas Tech University Libraries will host the Texas STEM Librarians Conference on July 21-22. The annual conference, which began in 2011, brings together Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) librarians from around the region to attend professional presentations, collaborate with regional colleagues and learn about current trends in STEM publications and technology.

Bella Karr Gerlich, dean of University Libraries, said hosting the conference is a part of the libraries' mission.

“Congruent with this year's conference theme, ‘Planting Diverse STEM Seeds,' the University Libraries is a cultivator of interdisciplinary collaboration, learning and community discussion ranging from lessons of the past to today's trending topics,” Gerlich said. “Being part of this opportunity where librarians, researchers, administrators, faculty and community professionals can both learn from each other and with each other is a big part of the libraries' purpose.”

This year's conference will include a reception at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture as well as a discussion panel of academic and library community members, including Patricia DeLucia, associate vice president for research; Joni Blake, executive director of the Greater Western Library Alliance; and Kristi Park, executive director of Texas Digital Library.

Conference attendance is open to all STEM-related disciplines, including administrators, faculty, students and community. Registration is $70 and will be open until July 7, with a $10 late registration fee added until July 14. Registration includes a reception, tour of museum, lunch and parking for conference. Registration and additional information is available at the conference website.