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Science and Technology Section (STS): About Our Committees

Whether you are a chair, committee member, or prospective member, this is your go-to resource for information about STS committees

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.

Online "Evolving Access to Government Climate Data" Program

Evolving Access to Government Climate Data, June 15, 2021
Researchers and librarians alike have experienced changes in the access to government climate data in recent years. The STS Government Information Committee's 2021 Government Information Update explored the evolving access to this data. The program featured three speakers who are researchers and librarians on the front lines of climate information, and they discussed available climate data resources, their work, and their thoughts on the future of access to government climate data.

Speakers:  

Libby Carnahan, Pinellas County Extension Agent, Florida Sea Grant

Libby Carnahan is the Florida Sea Grant Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County. She holds her Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential from the Association of Climate Change Officers. She is founder and co-facilitator of the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel (CSAP, est. 2014), that covers the 7-county region. She is also an active leader and member of the Gulf of Mexico Climate and Resilience Community of Practice and is serving on the Program Committee for the 2022 National Adaptation Forum.  Carnahan holds an MS in Marine Science from the University of South Florida (2005) and a BS in Biology from Truman State University (1998).

Katie Rowley, Outreach Librarian, NOAA Central Library

Katie Rowley is the Outreach Librarian for the NOAA Central Library in Silver Spring, Maryland. She oversees the promotion of library services through web presence, email campaigns, informational seminars, multimedia, training and one-on-one engagement with NOAA programs, offices, and leadership at all levels. Katie graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland with a Masters in Information and Library Studies and considers studying abroad one of her more brilliant decisions.

Alejandro Paz, volunteer Website Monitoring Analyst, Environmental Data and Governance Initiative

Alejandro is a volunteer Website Monitoring Analyst at the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), which documents and analyzes environmental governance issues. He holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons University and a BA in English. After graduating from Simmons, Alejandro began working at the Union of Concerned Scientists as a Gift and Data Processing Associate. In the summer of 2020, Alejandro also worked as a contractor for EDGI creating a database of important environment-related U.S. government website changes, now known as the Federal Environmental Web Tracker. As a recently graduated information professional, he is currently pursuing career opportunities in Research and Access Services, Knowledge Management, and Information Governance.

The link to recording is here: https://youtu.be/cXIJYCgjBxc

Session summary: https://acrl.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=62186750

Resources

Membership

This committee usually has 8-10 members. See the current roster here. 

Responsibilities

Assist co-chairs with planning the online Federal Science Agencies Update presentation, which takes place in early winter, and the in-person Federal Science Agencies Update presentation which takes place at the ALA Annual conference. The Federal Science Agencies Updates provide highlights of new resources, products, and other significant developments through a presentation by a small group of representatives from U.S. government scientific and technical agencies. Other occasional tasks such as updating links to science-related government information on the committee’s LibGuide.

The committee also maintains the STS Government Information Resources guide.

The committee meets 2-3 times per year, with smaller working groups potentially meeting more often.