Librarians Adopt New Role Improving STEM Education via Active Learning

Sponsored by JoVE
Recorded on 11/29/2018

Posted in Library Instruction


Today, STEM librarians can enable students to boost their classroom and lab performances. Simultaneously, librarians make learning easier, while saving time for these students’ teachers. Librarians do this by demonstrating to faculty the latest active learning classroom methods and resources, such as embedding video or using online in-class quizzes.

Key to success in this process are close collaborations between librarians and faculty. In our webinar, we’re presenting perspectives from experts (a STEM librarian, a professor, and a curriculum specialist) who all understand how important active learning is, and how to make it work.

They have practical advice about how you can:

  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with faculty
  • Design engaging and impactful student-centered courses
  • Create ways to reach students before/during/after classroom/labs
  • Gather feedback via classroom success/integration conversations


  • Image of Bethany S. McGowan, MLIS, MS

    Bethany S. McGowan, MLIS, MS

    Assistant Professor of Library Science and Health Sciences Information SpecialistPurdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Bethany works with Health Sciences clinical programs at Purdue University. She provides research and instruction services in the areas of information literacy, data services, scholarly communication, and collaborative research. Her research centers around critical data studies — open data, participatory design, crowd-sourced projects, and the development of information experiences via health informatics and social informatics tools and technologies. McGowan is passionate about user-experience design and student-centered learning. She is also a member of the IMPACT course redesign teaching team at Purdue. She holds degrees in Library & Information Science (MLIS) and Human-Computer Interaction: Interaction Design and Information Architecture (MS). She joined Purdue University in 2015 after four years as a health sciences librarian at Howard University Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, and a fellowship at the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service.

  • Image of Wayne A. Mitchell Ph.D., PGDip FHEA

    Wayne A. Mitchell Ph.D., PGDip FHEA

    Senior Teaching Fellow for Department of MedicineImperial College London

    Mitchell is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Medicine (DoM) with specific responsibility for developing practical sessions for the taught master’s courses. He especially enjoys this role, as it combines his experiences and passion for teaching science to the next generation of scientists. His previous roles have varied: He taught 10-year old students the fundamentals of “states of matter”; he investigated methods for regenerating the aging immune system. He has had the privilege of studying and working at some excellent universities, including UCL and Imperial College. He has learned from outstanding scientists, who continue to inspire his lifelong curiosity, and to help him understand the world we live in.

  • Image of César A. Berríos, PhD

    César A. Berríos, PhD

    Curriculum SpecialistJoVE

    César is a science communication expert with 4-plus years of experience applying his passion for outreach to the fields of biomedical research and higher education. Prior to his career in outreach, César spent 10 years developing and teaching novel ways to view vascular development and neurodegenerative disorders. This experience brought him in front of a variety of audiences, including fellow students and researchers in the areas of genetics and imaging research. Drawing from these experiences (as well as a previous outreach role “spreading the gospel” of Open Science), he serves as Curriculum Specialist for JoVE, providing tailored educational solutions for professors and lecturers at institutes of higher learning across the U.S.