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Keep the Momentum Going: Citizen Science Programming Throughout the Year

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Citizen science is public engagement in real research. Anyone can do citizen science by collecting data, conducting scientific analysis, and more for projects spanning different scientific disciplines, from health to astronomy to the environment. SciStarter is a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, events, and tools — searchable by location, topic, age level, and more — have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs, and universities. As a research affiliate of North Carolina State University and Arizona State University (ASU) and as a popular citizen science portal, SciStarter hosts an active community of close to 100,000 registered citizen scientists and millions of additional site visitors. Libraries and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) are natural hubs for citizen science, and through work with the Network of the National Library of Medicine, kit programs with ASU and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and other partnerships, SciStarter empowers libraries and CBOs to engage their patrons and communities in citizen science. This webinar will focus on sustaining engagement and keeping the momentum going after introducing citizen science to a library and CBO, including follow-up program ideas and best practices for ongoing volunteer engagement in citizen science. No experience required to attend this webinar; we'll give a brief introduction at the beginning to citizen science and past work with libraries and CBOs — before jumping into ideas for keeping the momentum going!

Objectives: There are two objectives to this webinar: (1) educating attendees about follow-up program ideas (these are meant for after citizen science has been initially introducing in a library or CBO), and (2) providing ideas for sustaining volunteer engagement through the projects featured on SciStarter.org/NLM and through projects that leaders may add to a SciStarter List for patrons.

Presenter: Caroline Nickerson is a Program Manager at SciStarter, where she manages the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs, and other programmatic and outreach efforts, including working with SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine, and SciStarter platforms. She is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University with a focus on environmental and climate change policy. While at American University, she was a William K. Reilly Environmental Policy Scholar and the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess representing the state of Florida. Caroline is also affiliated with the UF-VA UNESCO Bioethics Unit, the Christensen Project, the DC Gator Club, and the Commission on Local Debates.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Region/Office: National
Oct 20, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM MT
Margie Sheppard, MLS, Technology Coordinator - Kansas

A MidContinental Region Webinar (formerly Breezing Along with the RML) is a monthly webinar provided by the Network of the National Library of Medicine, MidContinental Region. The presentations feature a variety of topics relevant to librarianship, health sciences, technology, research, and community outreach. We may also feature the accomplishments of Network members, and provide updates on MCR projects.

When: Held 3rd Tuesday, Monthly, 2pm MT / 3pm CT

Where: WebEx

Recorded classes are available on our YouTube playlist.