For the past couple of years STEM has been more and more the focus of conversation in the United States. One thing that you might not hear talked about that much is the importance of making sure that those going into STEM fields come from diverse backgrounds, In an effort to ensure that diversity exists in the STEM workforce, some organizations have chosen to focus on this area. This includes The Center for STEM Diversity and the STEM Diversity Institute (SDI) at the University of Massachusetts African-American, Latino/Chicano, first-generation populations and low-income students are just a few of the groups that these institutions serve.
You can learn more about diversity in STEM in the Fall 2013 issue of YALS, in Tiffany Williams’ article Being Diverse in Our Support for STEM. One of the areas Williams’ covers is access to STEM related courses and content that might not be available in a local community. Williams’ suggests using educational opportunities such as:
The fall issue of YALS is all about the future of libraries and teens. This post highlights one of the articles in the issue on managing youth services in a public library.
The easiest way to create a chaotic working environment and discredit yourself as a manager is to be exclusive and detached.
A year ago while preparing for a presentation about motivating staff, especially during tough times, I conducted surveys geared towards managers and employees. The results showed that both managers and staff appreciate being included in organizational decision making as well as being updated with potential changes that could reflect the way they work. Furthermore, even when final decision didn’t occur in employees’ favor, they still felt included if asked their opinions and were given genuine consideration.
Students went back to school a few weeks ago, and library staff are gearing up to begin fall outreach endeavors, if they haven’t begun already. Outreach is often tied to marketing so this is a great time to start thinking about marketing strategies to reach teens inside and outside of the library. YALS is here to help. In her article Top Ten Tips for Marketing to Teens (coming in the Fall issue of YALS which will be in mailboxes in mid-October), Connie Urquhart shares some ideas to help library staff working with teens think outside the box when trying to market to teen audiences.