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Look Who's Talking: Exploring the DEI STEM Librarianship Conversation

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date

August 23, 2022

Start Date

June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

Conference Session

Engineering Libraries Technical Session 6: Diversity

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Sarah Lester California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Orcid 16x16

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Sarah Lester is the College Librarian for Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She has over 15 years of experience working in Engineering Libraries. Her research examines how engineering librarians address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their libraries and engagement with students. She has a BA in liberal arts, with a focus on science and art. Her MLIS work focused on how users and librarians navigate library spaces and resources.

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Kelly Durkin Ruth

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Kelly Durkin Ruth is the Engineering Librarian at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Her research interests include diversity, equity and inclusion practices in STEM librarianship.

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​​Librarian research on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in its various iterations dates back over a decade; however in the context of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) librarianship this work still seems very limited. We collect and analyze papers published in STEM library and information science journals over the past 10 years to better understand the nature of this work. In our research we consider the content of existing conversations, what is missing from this discourse, and areas for further research.

Lester, S., & Durkin Ruth, K. (2022, August), Look Who's Talking: Exploring the DEI STEM Librarianship Conversation Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40946

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