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Basic Science Caucus

Members: 152     Discussions: 469     Files: 11

Description of the Basic Science Caucus

The Basic Science Caucus is open to all information professionals who are interested in library-based information resources and communications with the basic science community. The caucus members range from those with an expansive basic science background to those who are new to the liaison roles of a basic science librarian. We share our experiences to broaden our knowledge, learn from each other’s perspectives and to better serve our stakeholders. Caucus meetings are held monthly via Zoom, including the annual business meeting.

Fields covered within the Basic Science community: 

  • Biomedical research and support
  • Bench Science
  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Science
  • Data Science

Statement of Purpose


  • Provide a platform to exchange ideas and learn from one another about the services and resources for the communities that we serve.
  • Provide opportunities for our members to share their knowledge through caucus scholarly communications
  • Equip Basic Science librarians with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills needed to meet their communities' needs through knowledge-sharing, presentation, and mentorship
  • Collaborate with other association caucuses and MLA members on relevant issues, trends, and challenges impacting the basic sciences information community and our stakeholders.

Member benefits

  • Collaboration
  • Mentorship
  • Scholarly opportunities
  • Staying updated with changes to the field

2023 caucus activities/projects

  • An exploration of Basic Science Information Professionals: educational background, liaison roles, and Carnegie Classification
  • Update of caucus About page, statement of purpose, and resources
  • Quarterly presentations

2022 caucus projects

Examples of librarian services provided to the basic science community

  • Research and academic resources
  • Research services and instruction
  • Data management education and services
  • Publication assistance and repositories
  • Author profiles and journal metrics
  • Education and resources for federal grant policy requirements

Public Resources

Image: A dehydrogenase enzyme from the bacteria Colwellia psychrerythraea, by Matt Howard

Basic Science Leaders

Laura M Lipke, AHIP
Binghamton University
Chair; Community Council Alternate
Katherine Stapes, AHIP
Shannon Compton, PhD, AHIP
Bay Path University
Immediate Past-Chair; Community Council Representative
Kumru E Kastro
Astellas Pharma
Delegate, Information Management Domain Hub
Rachel Whitney, AHIP
Medical University of South Carolina
Delegate, Education Domain Hub