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Friday, May 19 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
C-10: Symposium: Building engaged citizen science communities through libraries

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Building Engaged Citizen Science Communities Through Libraries
Organizer: Holly Menninger
Whether situated in a town or on a campus, libraries serve as gathering place and access point. Libraries facilitate learning and literacy by providing constituents with direct access to knowledge, expertise, and increasingly, technology. Through innovative programming and shared space, libraries draw in diverse audiences and promote community engagement. Core values of engagement, democratization, and creation of new knowledge are shared by libraries and citizen science, alike. Moreover, libraries are positioned to play key roles in building engaged communities through citizen science. Yet, interaction between professionals in citizen science and libraries has been limited to a few individuals or organizations motivated to forge local collaborations or offer one-time programs. These collaborations are an important start, and can provide examples that will inform and inspire sustained partnerships. Our goal is to bring together practicing librarians and citizen science professionals to share best practices emerging from successful collaborations and discuss opportunities to strengthen and expand libraries' roles in building communities through citizen science. We anticipate that this symposium will move our thinking forward, and lead to a future publication in Citizen Science: Theory and Practice. Speakers will offer perspectives on: 1) academic libraries as champions and conveners of citizen science; 2) how library networks can facilitate participation in citizen science through access to equipment and programs; 3) building local citizen science communities through museum-library partnerships where there are issues of access and equity; and 4) how to enhance science literacy within public libraries to increase community access to citizen science and scientists.


Building citizen science access, equity, and engagement beyond the museum walls: A case study of a library-museum partnership in Los Angeles
Lila Higgins, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County;
Co-Authors: Richard Smart, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Miguel Ordeñana, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Engaging a higher education community with citizen science: The Wolfpack Citizen Science Challenge
Karen Ciccone, NCSU Libraries;
Co-Authors: Debbie Currie, NCSU Libraries; Heidi Tebbe, NCSU Libraries; Holly Menninger, NC State University; Roland Kays, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & NC State University

Public libraries as citizen science allies
Cynthia Randall, Cornerstones of Science

Scaling up science with library partners to loan sensors and engage citizens
Roland Kays, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences & NC State University;
Co-Authors: Arielle Parsons, NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Alexandra Mash, NC Museum of Natural Sciences; Cal Shepherd, State Library of North Carolina; Johnnie Pippin, State Library of North Carolina; Jon Shaw, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Friday May 19, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 7, 8 & 9