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Author Harrington, Eileen G., author.

Title Academic libraries and public engagement with science and technology / Eileen G. Harrington
Edition First editioin
Published Cambridge, MA : Chandos Publishing, [2019]


Description 1 online resource
Series Chandos information professional series
Chandos information professional series.
Contents <P>1. Introduction; Background on the status of science literacy in U.S. -- why it is important 2. Makerspaces/Innovation Studios 3. Citizen Science 4. Data Visualization Labs and Communities of Practice 5. Instruction/Workshops 6. Cultural events 7. Collections/Information Management</p>
Summary Libraries have historically played a role as a community builder, providing resources and spaces where knowledge can be archived, shared and created. They can also play a pivotal role in fostering the public's understanding of science and scientific processes. From makerspaces to data visualization labs to exhibits, many libraries already delve into scientific explorations and many more could join them. Scientists often need to include "broader impacts" goals in grant proposals, but they might not know where to begin or feel that they do not have the time to devote to public engagement. This is where libraries and librarians can help. Research in science communication also supports tapping into libraries for public engagement with science. Studies show that it is important for scientists to present findings in an apolitical way-not aligning with one solution or one way of thinking and not being seen as an activist (Druckman, 2015; Jamieson & Hardy, 2014). One of the core tenets of librarians and libraries is to present information in a neutral way. Research also shows that Informal conversations about science can have a greater effect on people than reading about it online or hearing about it on the news (Eveland & Cooper, 2013). Again, libraries can play a role in fostering these types of conversations. Given this landscape, this book will demonstrate concrete ways that libraries and librarians can play a role in fostering public engagement with science. In addition to background information on the current landscape of public knowledge and understanding of science, it will also include best practices and case studies of different types of programming and services that libraries can offer. Often libraries do not jump to mind when people think about science education or science literacy, and many librarians do not come from a science background. Literature on science programming and sharing science is largely absent from the library field. This book will help give confidence to librarians that they can participate in engaging the public with science. At the same time, it will provide a conduit to bring informal science educators, communication officers from universities or research organizations who share scientific discoveries with the public, and librarians together to explore ways to align their work to promote scientific literacy for all
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 26, 2019)
Subject Academic libraries -- United States.
Academic libraries -- Relations with faculty and curriculum.
Academic libraries -- Aims and objectives.
Science -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Technology -- Study and teaching -- United States
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Library & Information Science -- Archives & Special Libraries.
Academic libraries.
Academic libraries -- Aims and objectives.
Academic libraries -- Relations with faculty and curriculum.
Science -- Study and teaching.
Technology -- Study and teaching.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780081021255