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New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

The 2014 New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians will be held June 11-13 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its sixth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond-and inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada!

The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions include:

  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Evolution
  • Computer Science

Each science session will include one scientist presenting an overview of the field, a second scientist discussing research applications within the field, and a final half hour librarian-facilitated discussion with the two scientists about their publications, data management, their use of library services, and ideas for new ways that libraries can support their research.

The Capstone session will feature Citizen Science and a breakout session for boot camp attendees to meet with researchers and conduct research interviews with them (back by popular demand!)

What can you expect to get out of Science Boot Camp?
For each of the focus topics covered at Science Boot Camp’s science sessions, Science Boot Campers will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the field and its foundational ideas
  • Understand and be able to use terminologies for the field
  • Identify the big questions that this field is exploring
  • Discuss new directions for research in this field
  • Discuss what questions research in this field is addressing
  • Understand how research is conducted, what instrumentation is used, and how data is captured
  • Identify how researchers share information within their fields beyond publications
  • Share insights into what current research in the field is discovering and implications of these discoveries
  • Share insights into how researchers in specific fields collaborate with librarian subject specialists now and how they might collaborate in the future.
  • Identify new ways that librarians can support their research communities

Additionally, following the Capstone session, boot campers will be able to:

  • Explain issues and challenges related to conducting Citizen Science research
  • Identify common data management concerns of researchers and conduct research interviews at their institutions

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open on April 9th and will be announced, along with the link to the 2014 Science Boot Camp site.  Registration fees are $275 for the full 2 ½ days-this applies to both overnight campers and commuters. The one day registration fee is $125.

Are you new to Science Boot Camp? Check out videos and guides from past Science Boot Camps at http://esciencelibrary.umassmed.edu/science_bootcamp

Donnna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA  01655

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