Libraries are quickly becoming community hubs for citizen science as a way for their communities to engage in real scientific research in need of their help. NNLM PSR recently funded a citizen science project with SciStarter and the Arizona State University, Increasing Awareness of, and Engagement in, Citizen Science Through Libraries, which will help libraries everywhere plan a Citizen Science Day event and learn more about citizen science. Thousands of projects are free and easily accessible to people everywhere, anytime, regardless of age, interests, or location through SciStarter, a research affiliate of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at the Arizona State University (ASU).
Libraries nationwide are invited to join the effort to introduce citizen science in their communities on Citizen Science Day, April 13, 2019, by participating in the “Megathon Challenge,” an event that will be held from 10:30am-12:30pm PDT on 4/13/19, sponsored by Stall Catchers to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s disease. In this game format, people all over the world will analyze real research data in a process that would normally take researchers over one year to complete. To find out more about hosting the Megathon challenge for your library, check out the presentation slides and session recording for the one-hour NNLM webinar Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming!.
You can also sign up now (link goes to a Google form) to learn more about hosting a Citizen Science Day event in your library and visit the SciStarter Citizen Science Day webpage to stay apprised of further details. Many free tools and resources are available to help you introduce citizen science to library users and to plan a Citizen Science Day event in your library, including The Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science: Understanding, planning, and sustaining ongoing engagement in citizen science at your library. You are also invited to join weekly, open planning calls each Wednesday at 1:00 PM PT via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/272718633) or phone (646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 272 718 633). Agendas, FAQs, timelines, contact information, and more are available in a shared Google Folder.
We look forward to supporting your participation in the burgeoning citizen science movement!