Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen scientists in your community are participating in bird and butterfly counts, contributing to Alzheimer’s research, monitoring air quality, and collecting genetic information--all furthering and advancing our greater scientific knowledge. Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in health-focused research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. Libraries are ideal partners for citizen scientists! In this session, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!
Panelists will share information about citizen science, including the 10 principles of citizen science, and why citizen science projects are particularly relevant for those in academic and public libraries. Panelists will give specific examples of health-related citizen science projects, and introduce resources to be used for searching for additional program examples. Panelists will give an introduction to trusted National Library of Medicine resources attendees can use in supplementing their citizen science programs, and will share ideas for additional ways libraries and librarians can get involved with little effort and little cost.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ASGCLA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.