STS Committees


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STS committees are comprised of standing and ad hoc committees. Standing committees are established to consider matters of the Section that require continuity at attention by the members. Ad hoc committees may be established at any time for the performance of a particular assignment. Committee Procedures (Under Revision) and STS Meeting Planning (For All Chairs).

Executive Committee   

Composition: The Executive Committee shall be the Officers of the Section.

Powers and Duties: The executive committee provides direction for the attainment of the objectives of the section. The Executive Committee conducts the business of the section during the period between Section meetings in accordance with the rules and guidelines of ALA and ACRL.

STS Council   

Composition: All members of the Executive Committee as well as chairs of Committees, Discussion Groups and Taskforces shall serve on the STS Council.

Powers and Duties: The STS Council serves as an advisory body to the Chair and the Executive Committee, acting as a channel of information and discussion to the committees and membership at large. Matters of policy or operations requiring Council action shall normally be referred first to the Executive Committee.

Assessment Committee   

Charge: To collect, analyze and distribute comparative information on North American academic science and technology libraries.

Awards Committee   

Charge: To solicit, collect and review applications for awards sponsored by the ACRL Science & Technology Section (STS), and to identify and recommend the most qualified individual(s) for these awards to the STS Executive Committee in accordance with criteria established by the STS Awards Committee.  Awards include (but are not limited to) the Oberly Award, the Innovation in Science & Technology Librarianship Award, and the ALA Emerging Leaders Award.

Official Oberly Award Site

Conference Program Planning Committee   

Charge: To plan the program and reception for the next conferences.  Local representation required.  Two committees are always at work so that plans are made well in advance.

Conference Program Planning--Chicago, 2020 Committee

Conference Program Planning--Chicago, 2021 Committee

Government Information Committee   

Charge: To serve as a focus for STS member concerns about science and technology government issues and to cooperate with other ACRL and ALA legislative groups as appropriate.

Information Literacy Committee   

Charge: To provide, evaluate and/or develop resources for advancing information literacy in science and engineering (e.g. models for assessing student performance, teaching methods, instructional design, and tips for working with faculty on instruction-related issues); to serve as a liaison to other instruction-oriented groups as appropriate (e.g. IS, ILAC, etc.) The committee chair serves as liaison to the ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Committee and is a member of the STS Council.

New STS Science Information Literacy Resources are now available!

Liaison Committee   

Charge: To promote and coordinate the work of the STS Liaisons to different professional groups with which STS has established formal and informal relationships and to provide information sharing within the Section that may lead to collaboration and exchange.  Liaisons will be chosen by the two committee co-chairs and a third member who is not currently acting as an STS liaison.

Many organizations are involved in science & technology librarianship. In an attempt to enhance the exchange of new ideas and shared concerns, STS has drawn from its membership to create a liaison program with other library and science organizations. 

Membership & Recruitment Committee   

Charge: To maintain a history of STS committee participation; publish committee rosters for the STS Council; update and distribute the membership brochure; actively recruit new members to STS.

Nominating Committee   

Charge: Create a slate of candidates for the Executive Committee. Recruit the best possible nominees for section officers. ACRL states that this committee is "an important key to not only selecting qualified candidates, but also for informing potential candidates of responsibilities of the office."

Nominating 2020 Committee

Nominating 2021 Committee

Organization & Planning Committee   

Charge: To provide long-range direction for the section by assessing implementation of strategic plan activities, reviewing suggestions from the membership, and proposing new activities for the section. Solicit ACRL strategic plan activity reports from STS committees and discussion groups. Members of the committee serve as liaisons to other STS committees and discussion groups for evaluation of strategic plan activity. In conjunction with the STS Chair, review strategic planning activities within STS and draft the annual Strategic Plan Activity Report to submit to ACRL. Provide a yearly report and recommendations on the section's strategic planning activities to STS Executive Committee and STS Council. Propose changes in governance procedures and revise the section manual as necessary.

Professional Development Committee   

Charge: To coordinate, promote and encourage all continuing education efforts within the Science and Technology Section.

Interested in finding an experienced science/technology librarian who can provide advice, guidance or consultation? Are you willing to share your expertise, or serve as a mentor for a less experienced librarian? If so, contact the committee co-chairs for information about the STS Sci/Tech Library Mentors program. The Sci/Tech Library Mentors is a list of experienced sci/tech librarians who are willing to serve as mentors and/or resource persons to other librarians in need of assistance. Check out the STS Professional Development web site to get further information or to volunteer.

Publications Committee   

Charge: To coordinate the section’s publishing activities. This includes writing, editing and publishing the section newsletter and other documents produced by the Section as a whole, regardless of their format. Serve as a resource for the publishing needs of STS committees.

The committee also manages STS-L, the Section's Discussion List and the STS website.

Find out more about opportunities in the Publications Committee.

Research Committee   

Charge: To plan forums for ALA meetings where science and technology librarians can share ideas about new directions in science librarianship, research in progress, and current topics of interest. Sponsor of the STS Forum for Science and Technology Library Research and the STS Poster Session at the ALA Annual Conference.

Scholarly Communication Committee   

Charge: To address ongoing, critical work in open access and scholarly communication, and will specifically address the following related areas: education, communication, advocacy, collaboration and other emerging areas.

Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee     

Charge: To provide a forum for exchange of information relating to discovery of and access to science and technology resources. Serve as a channel/clearinghouse to identify concerns, problems, issues, trends, standards, and best practices. Propose projects and present them to the appropriate STS Committees.

Discussion Groups   

ACRL/STS Hot Topics Discussion Group
To provide a forum for and facilitate a discussion of current issues of concern to science and technology librarians.

ACRL/STS College Science Librarians Discussion Group
To provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern to college science librarians.

ACRL/STS Publisher/Vendor Relations Discussion Group
To provide a forum for exchanging information between science and technology publishers and vendors and science and technology librarians. 

Task Forces   

ACRL/STS Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force
To study the ways in which STS can support the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion within ACRL, academic libraries, and across the library profession.  Additionally, the Task Force will explore ways in which STS can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Section. The Task Force will suggest concrete policy steps STS may take to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in each of these areas. Recommendations will be submitted to STS Council for further consideration and action.

ACRL/STS Information Literacy Framework Task Force

The ACRL STS Information Literacy Framework Task Force will adapt the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to the sciences. In addition to performing a literature review, the task force will solicit STS membership input to develop specific outcomes and assessment techniques for the six frames, as they relate to science information literacy.



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Last updated February 24, 2020