Despite living in a digitized era, millennials were found to be the age group most likely to use public libraries, according to Pew Research Center. This could be because libraries are evolving to keep up with new technology and tools as it becomes mainstream.
One way in which libraries are the foundation for successful STEM programs in education lies in maker programs. More than 50 percent of libraries in the United States offer maker programs, integrating STEM tools and technology. These maker programs have in turn boosted students’ overall learning in STEM subjects as well as increasing their ability to collaborate.
This benefit of libraries can be used to its full capacity by providing more professional development opportunities to librarians and media specialists, increasing opportunities for library media specialists and teachers to collaborate, and redesigning school libraries to incorporate more maker programs and opportunities.
By doing this, educators create a collaborative environment centered around the process of making rather than the final product, emphasizing taking risks and learning from failures to deepen students’ knowledge of their academic subjects.
STEM careers currently make up 6.2 percent of all U.S. employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the success of individuals who pursue these career pathways falls back on their early education. Because of this, collaborating with libraries to enhance STEM learning has never been more important.
Read the full story here: Librarians are Taking the Lead in Defining STEM in Schools.