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STEM Librarians South 2021: Home

A resource guide to the STEM Librarians South Conference for 2021, held virtually, hosted by Texas State University Libraries.

July 29 - 30, 2021, hosted online by Texas State University Libraries

STEM Librarians South started in 2010 as the Texas STEM Librarians Conference. While we have attracted some colleagues from around the country/internationally, we have remained mostly a small, regional, and in-person conference. This 2021 online opportunity allows us to share our work with a wider audience of STEM Library colleagues, and we look forward to learning from and with you!

Held Virtually

July 29-30, 2021 from 1-5pm
Hosted by Texas State University Libraries

Conference Links

Potential FAQs

  1. Will you be recording the conference?
    • No. All presenters who consent to do so will archive their talks in their preferred format in the Figshare Repository. For that reason, we've chosen not to explore recording. 
  2. How can I help with archiving past conferences on Figshare? I've found them so helpful!
    • We'll discuss this at the Business Meeting that happens from 4-5pm on Friday. Stay! 
    • If you cannot stay for the Business Meeting, get in contact with the STEM librarian at one of the past host schools. Each school will be in charge of their conference. If all of the former STEM librarians of that school have left, one of the Business Meeting hosts this year will volunteer/assign it out.

Code of Conduct

Prior to commencing the conference, the hosts will present the following code of conduct expectations. While STEM Librarians South is not an organized entity, we (the hosts) expect the community present at our conference to agree to basic forms of respect.

  • listening as much as you speak, and remembering that colleagues may have expertise you are unaware of; 
  • encouraging and yielding the floor to those whose viewpoints may be under-represented in a group; 
  • using welcoming language, for instance by using an individual’s stated pronouns and favoring gender-neutral collective nouns (“people,” not “guys”); 

Harassing behavior may relate to: age; appearance or body size; employment or military status; ethnicity; gender identity or expression; individual lifestyles; marital status; national origin; physical or cognitive ability; political affiliation; sexual orientation; race; or religion. .

Harassment can include unwelcome or offensive verbal or written comments or nonverbal expressions, used in person or online, in private or in public. Examples of harassment can include: use of sexual and/or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online); deliberate intimidation; stalking; trolling; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; bullying behavior; unwelcome sexual attention; or refusal to use a person's correct pronouns.

What to Do

The hosts of the meeting are Jessica McClean and Dianna Morganti, and will be present throughout. Alert one or both of them through the Zoom Chat interface to any violations. The hosts will review, confer with each other and other members of the ad hoc STEM Librarians South steering committee if needed, and expel any violators from Zoom.

The above guidelines have been adapted from the Digital Library Foundation Code of Conduct, made available under the a CC-BY-NC 4.0, under which we license this adaptation as well.

 

Q&A

STEM Librarians South has always been a welcoming and friendly conference to STEM librarians at all levels in their career. With that in mind, and inspired by @tuckeve's discussion on Twitter about facilitating Academic Q&As, we offer this request of all attendees as well. 

Before you ask a question of a panelist at STEM Librarians South, please be sure to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is this really a question?
  2. Be sure you're not really trying to say that YOU should have given this talk/done this research/etc.
  3. Does your question need to be asked in front of all attendees?
  4. Consider whether your question is instead asking the speaker to do work that you should really do.