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Citizen Science in the Academic Library

Academic libraries can bring citizen science to the campus and to the community, whether through supporting the integration of citizen science into courses or by bridging the gaps between researchers, students, and community members. This two-part webinar series will introduce attendees to citizen science, provide tips and best practices for getting started and sustaining citizen science on campus (and virtually), and showcase resources that can be integrated into citizen science efforts. This webinar series is presented in collaboration with SciStarter, the Arizona State University Library, the UNC Greensboro Library, and the NC State University Library. 

Speaker bios:
Megan Carlton is an assistant professor and the science librarian at UNC Greensboro. She holds a bachelor of science in animal science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Tennessee. 

Danica Lewis is the Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences at the NC State University Libraries. Her recent work has focused on data informed collection development and supporting citizen science in academia.

Dan Stanton is an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University where he has worked for over 25 years.  He is also affiliated with SciStarter, and has led efforts to introduce citizen science to the public through libraries.

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. 


Part 1 Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe citizen science and give examples of its application in higher education
  2. Support faculty (and their students) who have already integrated citizen science projects into their curricula
  3. Support virtual citizen science activities in the classroom
  4. Access citizen science projects and resources from SciStarter


Part 2 Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Support faculty who may interested in integrating existing citizen science projects into their classrooms but have not yet done so
  2. Work with faculty as they develop their own citizen science projects
  3. Access and utilize resources tailored to academic libraries and engage with other academic libraries doing this type of work
Class Length: 
1 hour
Course Owner(s):
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Continuing Education:

Each class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for one hour of CE credit (2 total for both parts).

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