Programming for citizen science across barriers: Opportunities for school, public, and academic libraries [slides]

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Megan Carlton, Science Librarian and Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Slides from a presentation given June 5, 2019 at the Metrolina Library Association Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

The increase in popularity and awareness of citizen science projects has led to an astounding variety of opportunities for citizen engagement and learning. From astronomy to history and zoology, citizen science spans disciplines to address local and global problems in an engaging way while connecting citizens with scientific research. While the contributions are valuable to researchers, the experience benefits communities by providing a hands-on approach to scientific literacy.

This session will raise the following questions:How citizen science contributes to scientific literacy for various stakeholders.Why libraries are in a prime position to provide programming for citizen science.How various school, public, and academic libraries can become involved in citizen science.

Summary: This session will include a short introduction to citizen science and how it contributes to scientific research, education, and community development. We will look at a variety of local NC projects for inspiration, and discuss how to implement projects within school, public, and academic libraries. Bring a laptop to experience the wilds of Africa through trail cameras and help scientists identify wildlife!

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2019
citizen science, scientific literacy, community engagement, STEM

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