Resources for Emerging and Established Leaders

From climate change to threats to human health and access to clean water, the majority of challenges facing society today – and their solutions – are rooted in STEM. More and more libraries are responding to the need to increase science literacy and support 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, by adding to STEM programs for patrons of all ages, from pre-school to adults. From Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, libraries are hosting Science Saturdays, Robot Races, Maker Spaces, and STEM exhibitions.

Public library professionals, informal STEM educators, education and learning researchers, STEM professionals, evaluators, education and learning researchers, media professionals, and funders are working to advance the field of informal science education. We invite you to review resources collected from these professions and build upon this existing body of work.


NCIL, in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, received funding from the National Science Foundation for the first-ever Public Libraries & STEM conference that took place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Colorado, August 20-22, 2015. This invitation-only conference brought 150+ library and STEM professionals and funders together to build productive relationships; explore promising practices in designing effective programs; help define a 21st century vision of STEM learning in public libraries; and develop the foundation for a future evaluation and research agenda for libraries and their partners engaged in STEM education efforts. The conference background reports, presentation files, and results were used as the foundation of the resources compiled For more information, download the following documents.

Conference Summary | Conference Evaluation Report | Public Libraries and STEM

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DRL-1413783 and DRL-1421427. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.