New Opportunities for STEM Researcher Engagement

Invited talk at the Kraemer Family Libraries, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Feb 23, 2022

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Special Collections and STEM

Abstract: When we think of the many ways that academic libraries support STEM researchers, we tend to think about libraries providing access to scientific journals and e-books, supporting research data management and open science practices, becoming embedded in the research lifecycle, and offering cutting edge technology in makerspaces.

We seldom think of Special Collections as a library unit that could provide support to STEM researchers and their needs; to which we would like to offer a conterviewpoint— one in which we do not think of Special Collections as serving research needs and outcomes, but rather as an entity that can provide opportunities for enrichment, inspiration, historical perspective, and appreciation for one’s field through the materials found in Special Collections.

We will present three examples of ‘interactive exhibits’ for STEM users from Princeton University’s Special Collections and Rare Books and discuss successes, challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for future STEM outreach programming in Special Collections.

Sarconi, E., Testerman, M. (2021) Engaging STEM researchers with Special Collections. Presented at the STEM Librarians Collective Conference 2021, Virtual.

STEM Outreach Challenges and Solutions

How do we, as STEM librarians, understand and meet the unique challenges of our 21st-century STEM researchers? How do we embed ourselves in the research communities we serve and deliver library resources and services from within the research lifecycle? How can we re-examine and recalibrate the delivery of our expertise and knowledge in a way that makes it easier for researchers to adopt our learning outcomes? How can we be creative in our interactions with the department and researchers? We will start with an examination of outreach challenges that STEM librarians face and explore some creative solutions from the behavioral sciences, closing with a look at what the future might hold for science librarianship.

Testerman, M. (2021) Outreach Challenges and Solutions for the 21st Century STEM Librarian. Presentation at the annual conference of the Special Library Association.


The STEM Lab Librarian

Learning Outcomes:

1) Learn about the STEM Lab Librarian program

2) Learn methods for approaching labs and principal investigators, integrating into physical and digital spaces, and directly marketing library services and resources to lab members.

3) Learn about examples from research labs in psychology and neuroscience.

Testerman, M. (2021) The STEM Lab Librarian. Presentation at the annual conference of the Special Library Association.


Using Twitter to Virtually Embed in Research Communities

Delivered at the Special Library Association (SLA) Annual Conference October 2020

Research suggests that academic researchers, especially researchers in the sciences, tend to seek information from within their community before consulting the library, even in situations where a liaison model is already in place. (MacKenzie, 2014, Long and Schonfeld 2013, Brown and Tucker, 2013)

Embedded librarianship, in which the librarian integrates physically into departments, research groups, classrooms, or laboratories, has been successful in introducing librarians to research communities but is not always an available option.

In this session, I will demonstrate how subject librarians can use the micro-blogging platform Twitter to become virtually embedded in the research communities they serve. We will look at how to use Twitter to assess the needs of your users, explore, develop, and market library research services, and shift perceptions of how libraries and librarians can improve research outputs.


Open Science Tools for Opening Your Workflow

'Open Research Tools' presentation delivered at the Princeton Research Data Management Workshop, January 2020.

Slides + Speaker Notes

Testerman, M. M. (2020, July 30). Tools for Opening Your Workflow. Retrieved from

Reproducible Searches for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Presentation for the Department of Psychology's Statistics Seminar on Feb, 25, 2020

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Donate Your Brain to Science

Donate Your Brain to Science: a presentation on what it's like to be a human subject in behavioral studies happening at Princeton University in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.


  • What is behavioral science research?

  • What is human subjects research?

  • What are some experimental methods being used at Princeton?

  • How can I become a participant at Princeton or online?

There were two presentations, one for the public at Nerd Nite Philadelphia on September 11th, 2019 and the second at Princeton University on November 5th, 2019


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Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey Report and what it means for Science and Social Science Librarianship

Princeton University, May 9th, 2019

Ithaka S+R recently released their seventh, triennial US Faculty Survey 2018 in which they surveyed almost 11,000 US faculty in higher education on their research, teaching, and publishing practices. There are some really interesting trends and takeaways in here that are very relevant to the work we are doing as librarians to support faculty research, open access, data management, and collection development. Here’s a sample of some of the questions that were asked and we will be discussing:

  • What functions of the library do science/social science faculty value most?

  • Where do science/social science faculty start their research searches?

  • Which is more important to your research: print monographs or electronic monographs?

  • How do faculty feel about the research skills of their students?

  • Do faculty think librarians are helpful in developing student’s research skills?

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