STEM Librarianship in North Carolina



STEM-LINC Executive Committee 2017-2019

Chair: Karen Grigg, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Sarah Jeong, Wake Forest University

Secretary-Treasurer: Lara Luck, Forsyth County Public Library

Member-at-Large representing College & University Libraries: Dianne Ford, Elon University

Member-at-Large representing Community & Junior College Libraries: Jennifer Seagraves, Johnston Community College

Member-at-Large representing Special Libraries: Emily Vorhies, US Environmental Protection Agency, UNC-CH contractor

Member-at-Large representing Public Libraries: Katherine Seaver, Rockingham County Public Library

Member-at-Large representing K-12 Libraries: vacant


STEM-LINC Committees & Appointments 2017-2019

Chair of the Membership & Communications Committee: Jennifer Seagraves, Johnston Community College

Co-Chairs of the STEM Program Committee: Sarah Jeong, Wake Forest University

and Katherine Seaver, Rockingham County Public Library

STEM Program Committee Members: Dianne Ford, Hannah Hemphill, Lara Luck, Jennifer Seagraves, Emily Vorhies, Ruddiyette Yisak 


For more information, please contact Karen Grigg kgrigg [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu or Sarah Jeong jeongsh [at] wfu [dot] edu


Past Events

Summer STEM-LINC Webinar

Taylor Abernethy Johnson will present "Visualizing Research Impact: Tools and Tips" from EPA-RTP Library in July. 
She will discuss how she puts together bibliometric data and visualizations to create portfolios, reports, and infographic-like products for researchers to use for reviews, promotions, and awards. 
Taylor Abernethy Johnson is the User Services and Research Librarian (UNC Contractor) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Library in Research Triangle Park, NC. She studied environmental biology and conducted field research prior to earning her MSLS from UNC-SILS. While overseeing the Interlibrary Loan Department and a specialized publications unit, Taylor pursues research interests in bibliometrics, altmetrics, and emerging methods for helping scientists visually communicate their output’s value. 
Date: July 24, 2019 
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm (Eastern time)


Spring STEM-LINC Workshop on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC

9:00am-9:45am Explore the NC Museum of Natural Sciences 
9:45am-10:00am STEM-LINC Business Meeting
10:00am-11:00am Jason Cryan will introduce the Museum’s research component & collections
11:00am-12:00pm Tour of Brimley Research Library       
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch at Museum Cafe (on your own)
This workshop is free and open to all. Registration has closed.


 Free with lunch on your own

Location Information:  

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601


Fall STEM-LINC Workshop on Friday, 11/9/18 in Chapel Hill, NC

  • 9:00 am-10:00am– NC Science Festival Director, Jonathan Frederick, will focus on the diversity of programming offered, programming appropriate for our variety of libraries (public, community college, university), and how to submit program proposals. You can learn more ahead of time at
  • 10:00-11:00am – Tour the Coker Arboretum, behind Morehead Planetarium, with Geoffrey Neal, Coker Arboretum Assistant Curator, NC Botanical Garden.
  • 11:00am-12:00pm – Tour the UNC Herbarium with Carol Ann McCormick, Curator.
  • 12:00-1:00pm – Lunch at Mediterranean Deli (on your own) and STEM-LINC Business Meeting
Location Information: 

UNC Morehead Planetarium Parking 


STEM-LINC / GRS Webinar: "Providing Health Information Services STAT"

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Recorded webinar


In this talk, we will cover the medical information reference interview and the uniqueness of health questions. This webinar will give an overview of recommended resources including and


Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In her position, Terri works to advance the library’s community engagement activities and manages and develops health literacy, consumer health and patient education resources and services for health professionals and students. She also provides outreach to the citizens of North Carolina through NC Health Info, working directly with public libraries and community agencies. She has served on many professional committees and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Sarah Jeong, MLIS, Research & Instruction Librarian for Science, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

Sarah is the subject specialist responsible for course-integrated research instruction, research metrics consultation, literature research consultation for undergraduates and graduate students, and collection management in her designated liaison areas. She is one of the original section editors of NC Health Info and is a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.


STEM-LINC Spring Workshop: Explore More at Pritchard Park 

Friday, April 27, 2018
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

In July of 2017, Chapel Hill Public Library Began a learning and design process to develop nature-based STEAM education opportunities inside & outside the library.  Eight months later, we've became a designated NC Environmental Education Center and are planning a prescribed burn in the middle of town. Join Explore More at Pritchard Park’s team to hear about how we got here, who we’ve met and learned from along the way, and where we’re heading. 


9:30am - 10:00am

Arrival, coffee at Gray Squirrel Coffee Co., and networking

10:00am - 11:00am

Meeghan Rosen, Assistant Director of Chapel Hill Public Library

11:00am - 11:15am


11:15am - 12:00pm

Tour of Explore More at Pritchard Park

12:00pm - 2:30pm

STEM-LINC Business Meeting  and Lunch at Cerrito’s (on your own)

The Explore More project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).


STEM-LINC Webinar: Accelerate STEM Learning with Video Solutions

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Link to video archive:

Summary: A 2014 study by the Department of Education showed that nearly 50% of undergraduate students who declared for STEM majors failed to finish their degrees, either switching fields or dropping out of school altogether. Given the rapidly expanding need for workers in STEM fields, how can we slow down this rate of attrition? At JoVE we’ve always felt that visualizing science makes it easier to consume and understand. In 2017, we conducted two independent, IRB-approved studies at Clemson University and DeSales University to test that theory. The answer? Overwhelmingly, yes video makes a difference. Students who watched just 10 minutes of video before class scored up to 24 percent higher on exams compared to those who didn’t, and as topics got more complex the difference was more pronounced.

Get a behind the scenes look from JoVE's Director of Production about what goes into the making of each video, and see all the new data illustrating the benefit on learning outcomes when video resources are used. We also know the strong link between a student’s preparation in high school and their success in college, so JoVE created the  STEM-College Readiness Community Partnership in 2017 to forge that link between universities and secondary schools. Hear more about the exciting outreach that is taking place with this program between colleges and high schools nationwide.

Jen Ostrosky: Senior Account Manager at JoVE
Dave Cox: National Account Manager, High Schools at JoVE
Dipesh Navani, Director of Video Production at JoVE


Dave Cox - National Account Manager - High Schools
Dave comes to JoVE after having spent over 25 years working with K-12 educational institutions mostly in the south eastern United States.  Over the course of his career, he has worked to help educators implement technology with companies such as Apple Computer, Plato Learning, and Leapfrog Enterprises.  Dave's experience working with K-12 education are helping JoVE bring the Science Education library to high schools across the nation.  Dave lives in the greater Boston area with his wife Karen and they have a 5 year old boy, Liam.  Little Known Fact: While working with Apple, Dave sold the computer to John Grisham that he used to wrote his first novel, "A Time to Kill". 

Dipesh Navani - Director of Video Production
Dipesh completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Saint John’s University, New York under the guidance of Byron C. Yoburn. As a doctoral candidate he worked in an interdisciplinary lab studying opioid pharmacology using behavioral, biochemical, and analytical approaches. In July 2014, Dipesh joined the JoVE Science Education team as a Science Writer, and since then he has been promoted twice to his current position as the Director of Production. He believes that STEM education for college students can benefit tremendously from JoVE’s video format, and this in turn will inspire future generation of researchers and innovators.

Jen Ostrosky - Senior Account Manager
Jen is a key account manager for universities in the southeastern states, and all government and academic medical center libraries nationwide.  Jen works with institutions to bring access for JoVE Journal and Science Education to faculty, staff and students.  She oversees all customer service, technical support, product training and license negotiations for her libraries, and is very dedicated to bringing the right mix of JoVE's innovative video solutions to meet each institution's needs.  Prior to joining JoVE nearly 6 years ago, Jen worked for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for 9 years and holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from Tufts University.

STEM-LINC Events @ NCLA 2017 Biennal Conference
Caroline Hallem from NC LIVE and Karen Grigg co-presented on NC LIVE Resources for STEM 2018-2020 
Wednesday, 10/18/2017 1:00-2:00pm in the Convention Center Room Salem 1B 

Nina Exner, Sarah Jeong, and Karen Grigg co-presented on The ACRL Information Literacy Framework and STEM: A Panel
Thursday, 10/19/2017 9:00am-10:00am in the Convention Center Room Winston 3C
STEM-LINC Business Meeting Thursday, 10/19/2017 4:30pm-5:30pm in the Convention Center Room Salem 3B

GRS & STEM-LINC Joint Spring into Science 3/20/2017 Webinar: The NASA Astrophysics Data System: Linking Publications to Data
Joint STEM-LINC & NCSLA Spring Meeting 3/10/2017 at NIEHS
GRS & STEM-LINC Joint Spring into Science 2/16/2017 Webinar: Finding geological materials through the U.S. Geological Survey
STEM-LINC Fall Workshop 11/17/2016 at UNC-Chapel Hill
STEM-LINC Summer Workshop 8/4/2016 at Central Carolina Community College-Harnett Campus 
STEM-LINC Spring Workshop 4/29/2016 at UNC-Greensboro
STEM-LINC Winter Meeting 2/5/2016 at Elon University

A Guide to Professional Development Resources for Science and Technology Librarians compiled by by ACRL-STS
2019 Science Boot Camp Southeast at Vanderbilt University