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Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at
Your Library
November 14, 2019
The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. (MT) and will be...
Brooks Mitchell (Space Science Institute)
Claire Ratcliffe (Space Science Institute)
Caroline Nickerson (SciStarter)
Dan S...
• Welcome/Intro
• Clearinghouse Overview
• What is Citizen Science?
• SciStarter
• Case Study: Citizen Science at Southeas...
Like an activity and think other library staff should
know how great it is? Didn’t like an activity or have
modifications ...
Poll Question
What citizen science topics are you most interested in? (Choose all that apply)
a. Ecology & Environment
b. ...
What is Citizen
Science?
• Anyone can
participate!
• All participants use the
same protocols
• The data retrieved
helps sc...
Hands-On
Activity: Build
a Rain Gauge
Materials
• Straight-sided glass
or plastic container
• Measuring spoons: 1
teaspoon...
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Citizen science can open up a world of free STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons. From identifying butterflies to measuring light pollution, citizen science offers unique ways to engage every patron and allow them to contribute to the greater scientific community. With welcoming environments and equitable access to resources, libraries can serve as a central hub for citizen science in their communities! The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is excited to showcase impactful STEAM learning opportunities that put a focus on the Earth, such as citizen science, in 2020.

With support from the National Library of Medicine and based on feedback from the Citizen Science Association’s “Citizen Science Day” working group, SciStarter and Arizona State University are pleased to announce “Citizen Science Month” (April 2020)! Watch this webinar to discover how you can access many free resources to help introduce, shape, or support citizen science in your library.

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Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library

  1. 1. Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library November 14, 2019 The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. (MT) and will be recorded. While you’re waiting: 1) Find the toolbar – it will either be on the bottom or top of your Zoom window 2) Introduce yourself in the chat box (please select “Share with All” not “Share with Panelists”) 3) Click audio “Join by Computer” – you won’t have microphone access Tip for viewing: You can resize and move the location of the video and slide screens by clicking and dragging them
  2. 2. Brooks Mitchell (Space Science Institute) Claire Ratcliffe (Space Science Institute) Caroline Nickerson (SciStarter) Dan Stanton (SciStarter, Arizona State University) Robin Salthouse (Southeast Regional Library) Vivienne Byrd (Los Angeles Public Library) Facilitator Introduction
  3. 3. • Welcome/Intro • Clearinghouse Overview • What is Citizen Science? • SciStarter • Case Study: Citizen Science at Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ • Case Study: Citizen Science at the Los Angeles Public Library • Citizen Science Month 2020 • Wrap-up and Final Discussion Today’s Agenda
  4. 4. Like an activity and think other library staff should know how great it is? Didn’t like an activity or have modifications to make it better? Make sure to leave a review!
  5. 5. Poll Question What citizen science topics are you most interested in? (Choose all that apply) a. Ecology & Environment b. Disaster Response c. Health & Medicine d. Animals e. Astronomy & Space f. Ocean, Water, Marine & Terrestrial g. Sound h. Transportation i. Other
  6. 6. What is Citizen Science? • Anyone can participate! • All participants use the same protocols • The data retrieved helps scientists come to real conclusions • A wide community of people share data for the advancement of science and the public benefit Credit: Flickr
  7. 7. Hands-On Activity: Build a Rain Gauge Materials • Straight-sided glass or plastic container • Measuring spoons: 1 teaspoon and ¼ teaspoon • Permanent marker Report your data to the Spotty Rain Campaign!

Citizen science can open up a world of free STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons. From identifying butterflies to measuring light pollution, citizen science offers unique ways to engage every patron and allow them to contribute to the greater scientific community. With welcoming environments and equitable access to resources, libraries can serve as a central hub for citizen science in their communities! The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is excited to showcase impactful STEAM learning opportunities that put a focus on the Earth, such as citizen science, in 2020. With support from the National Library of Medicine and based on feedback from the Citizen Science Association’s “Citizen Science Day” working group, SciStarter and Arizona State University are pleased to announce “Citizen Science Month” (April 2020)! Watch this webinar to discover how you can access many free resources to help introduce, shape, or support citizen science in your library.

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