Bridging STEM to STEAM in the Academic Library

in the Academic Library.
Presentation by Tod Colegrove, Ph.D., MSLIS
Head of DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, University of Nevada, Reno
Science Librarians Orientation
American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
February 16, 2013
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Is there a disconnect?
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A Recent Study of Nobel Laureates1,2
Found They Are:
• twenty-five times as likely as average scientist to
sing, dance, or act;
• seventeen times as likely to be an artist;
• twelve times more likely to write poetry and
• eight times more likely to do woodworking or some
other craft;
• four times as likely to be a musician;
• and twice as likely to be a photographer.
Many connect their art with their scientific creativity.
Art of Scientific and Technological Innovations, retrieved 2/15/2013 from
Foster Scientific Success – Psychology Today, retrieved 2/15/2013 from
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work at the intersection.
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the library can become
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We started by painting the walls: whiteboard paint:
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Even a whiteboard wall contest:
Added 3D printing/scanning
supports rapid prototyping
extrusion method
ABS plastic + PLA support materials
Lye bath to remove support material once complete
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Right 2 Photos by Will Kurt
with two printer “flavors”:
Stratasys uPrint SE plus: July 2012 arrival
3DTouch: May 2012 arrival
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but it’s not about the 3D printer.
introducing a few of our members…
Chris, computer science + engineering
“I like the networking portion and getting people from other backgrounds
together. You get your average engineering types, but it’s also nice to see the
biologists and the artists coming in here. It allows us to break out of the box
and cross-pollinate in ways we normally can’t.”
Ben King, faculty: chemistry
“one of the very hard things
about teaching chemistry is
explaining that molecules have
shape. This basically removes
that obstacle ... so it will change
how we teach chemistry and
how we look at molecules on a
daily basis.
It's also just
plain fun."
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Photo of King by Jason Hildago from Engadget:
Doug, engineering + art major
Pavel Solin, faculty: applied mathematics
Online STEM lab:
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Nick, social work + photographer
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Creative abrasion. STEAM.
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What’s happening in the library:
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Added Lego mindstorm kits, arduino kits, AR drones,
button maker, Makey makey kits, etc.
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a hotbed of knowledge creation.
Depiction of the Great Library of Alexandria by Raphael. Retrieved from: