Full STEAM Ahead
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics in Library Programs and Collections
by Cherie P. Pandora and Kathy Fredrick
October 2017, 240pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-5340-1
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Looking to meet the new STEAM imperative with teens and ‘tweens? This book equips you with a broad range of resources and programs to fit that need.

This book is a toolkit for youth and young adult librarians—school and public—who wish to incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) into their programs and collections but aren't sure where to begin.

Most educators are well aware of the reasons for emphasizing STEAM—topics that fall within the broad headings of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics—in the curriculum, regardless of grade level. But how do librarians who work with ‘tweens in middle school, high school, and public libraries—fit into the picture and play their roles to underscore their relevance in making STEAM initiatives successful?

This book answers those key questions, providing program guidelines and resources for each of the STEAM areas. Readers will learn how to collaborate in STEAM efforts by providing information on resources, activities, standards, conferences, museums, programs, and professional organizations. Emphasis is placed on encouraging girls and minorities to take part in and get excited about STEAM.

In addition, the book examines how makerspaces can enhance this initiative; how to connect your programs to educational standards; where to find funding; how to effectively promote your resources and programs, including how school and public librarians can collaborate to maximize their efforts; how to find and provide professional development; and how to evaluate your program to make further improvements and boost effectiveness. Whether you are on the cusp of launching a STEAM initiative, or looking for ways to grow and enhance your program, this book will be an invaluable resource.


  • Provides school and public librarians with the resources and clear guidance they need to implement STEAM programs and collections at their libraries
  • Places librarians in a key position—based on knowledge and ability—with STEAM initiatives in their school and community
  • Connects STEAM programming to national standards
  • Explains how to secure funding and find partners to collaborate in STEAM
Cherie P. Pandora served as a teacher/school librarian for 35 years, taught research at a career college, wrote grants, and was awarded the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) Award of Merit in 2013 for contributions to School Librarianship. She received Ohio Master Teacher status and her library was recognized as an OELMA Library of Distinction. Her published work includes Libraries Unlimited's Better Serving Teens through School Library–Public Library Collaborations. She has presented nationally at conferences of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Public Library Association (PLA). In Ohio, she has made presentations at eTech, OELMA, the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO), and Kent State University workshops and has written frequently for Ohio Media Spectrum. Pandora earned an Educational Specialist degree (staff and personnel) from Cleveland State University and a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University.

Kathy Fredrick has been a school librarian, district library director, and technology director over her 40-year career in Wisconsin, Ohio, Australia, and Germany. She has presented at conferences such as Ohio Educational Media Association(OELMA) and Ohio eTech, and worked on programs for teachers and administrators on technology integration, digital citizenship, and using online resources. Fredrick wrote a column for School Library Monthly (now School Library Connection) for eight years focused on emerging technologies and the school library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Education Specialist license in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. Fredrick has been recognized for her work by the WVIZ/PBS Educational Advisory Board and the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System (CAMLS), a regional multitype library consortium.


"This tool kit provides a comprehensive and detailed treatment of all aspects of STEAM programming for young adults. . . . Full STEAM Ahead is a hands-on resource that offers clear guidance. It would be useful to all youth-services librarians interested in expanding their knowledge and programming around STEAM topics."—Booklist Online, February 21, 2018

"This book features methods of funding, promoting, scheduling, and staffing a STEAM program initiative. . . . . With an emphasis on how to create makerspaces for young adults that are fun and relevant, the text provides information on how to get cost-effective materials and use existing library space to the best advantage. . . . [W]ell-organized and practical advice."—VOYA, April 1, 2018
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