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National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists

Citizen science is happening all around you! Citizen scientists in your community are participating in bird and butterfly counts, contributing to Alzheimer’s research, monitoring air quality, and collecting genetic information--all furthering and advancing our greater scientific knowledge. Citizen science is an amazing way to participate in research efforts, and it can often be done from a mobile device, from one’s home, or from a library. Libraries are ideal partners for citizen scientists! In this class, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. Nor prior scientific knowledge is required, simply a willingness to participate!


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different aspects of citizen science.
  • Share specific examples of health‐related citizen science projects
  • Discuss some of the challenges with citizen science
  • Explain ways librarians & libraries can get involved with citizen science
  • Identify citizen science resources and funding opportunities
Class Length: 
1 hour
Course Owner(s):
Zoe Pettway Unno, Ph.D., MLIS, Education and Outreach Librarian
Zoe Pettway Unno, Ph.D., MLIS, Education and Outreach Librarian
Continuing Education:

This class is approved for 1 hour of MLA CE.

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