Science Cafés: Bringing STEM Experts to Your Community

Engaging library patrons on science topics can be challenging. But not for the Oklahoma State University Library (OSU), which last year hosted a popular series of Science Cafés on the divisive topic of hydraulic fracturing.

Learning Outcomes

Learn how, in their third year of Science Café programming, OSU brought university researchers face to face with a concerned community for a series of informative talks that won ALA’s 2015 Programming Excellence Award. Also learn how the University of Southern Mississippi Library is using Science Cafés to engage their community and also providing a science professional development opportunity for early career faculty. Information about science resources available to libraries will be included in this webinar.

Who Should Attend

This program is beneficial for everyone. 


Karen Neurohr is a professor and the community outreach and assessment librarian for Oklahoma State University Library. With over 15 years in coordinating arts and humanities library programs, she expanded her programming experience by initiating Science Café at OSU in 2012 and securing co-sponsorships with OSU’s vice president for research and the OSU chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. 
Tracy Englert is an associate professor and the reference librarian for science and technology at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is the recipient of several grants focusing on science and technology and is the creator and coordinator for the successful Cook Library Science Café series, which are open to the community and the university. 




How to Register

Watch the Recording

Tech Requirements

Adobe connect and speakers/headphones.


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