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Academic Libraries and Public Engagement With Science and Technology
Author : Eileen Harrington
Publisher : Chandos Publishing
Release Date : 2019-04-15
ISBN 10 : 0081021240
Pages : 180 pages
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Libraries have historically played a role as a community builder, providing resources and spaces where knowledge can be archived, shared and created. They can also play a pivotal role in fostering the public's understanding of science and scientific processes. From makerspaces to data visualization labs to exhibits, many libraries already delve into scientific explorations and many more could join them. Scientists often need to include "broader impacts" goals in grant proposals, but they might not know where to begin or feel that they do not have the time to devote to public engagement. This is where libraries and librarians can help. Research in science communication also supports tapping into libraries for public engagement with science. Studies show that it is important for scientists to present findings in an apolitical way-not aligning with one solution or one way of thinking and not being seen as an activist (Druckman, 2015; Jamieson & Hardy, 2014). One of the core tenets of librarians and libraries is to present information in a neutral way. Research also shows that Informal conversations about science can have a greater effect on people than reading about it online or hearing about it on the news (Eveland & Cooper, 2013). Again, libraries can play a role in fostering these types of conversations. Given this landscape, this book will demonstrate concrete ways that libraries and librarians can play a role in fostering public engagement with science. In addition to background information on the current landscape of public knowledge and understanding of science, it will also include best practices and case studies of different types of programming and services that libraries can offer. Often libraries do not jump to mind when people think about science education or science literacy, and many librarians do not come from a science background. Literature on science programming and sharing science is largely absent from the library field. This book will help give confidence to librarians that they can participate in engaging the public with science. At the same time, it will provide a conduit to bring informal science educators, communication officers from universities or research organizations who share scientific discoveries with the public, and librarians together to explore ways to align their work to promote scientific literacy for all. Demonstrates concrete ways that libraries and librarians can play a role in fostering public engagement with science Features best practices and case studies of different types of programming and services that libraries can offer Provides a conduit to bring informal science educators, communication officers, and librarians together to explore ways to align their work to promote scientific literacy

Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors
Author : Patrick Lo,Dickson Chiu,Allan Cho,Brad Allard
Publisher : Chandos Publishing
Release Date : 2018-12-01
ISBN 10 : 0081027478
Pages : 524 pages
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Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors: International Perspectives on Library Management presents a series of conversations with the directors of major academic and research libraries. The book offers insight, analysis, and personal anecdote from leaders in the library field, giving a unique perspective on how the modern library operates. Readers will learn about the most up-to-date trends and practices in the LIS profession from the directors of 24 internationally acclaimed academic and research libraries in Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and the UK and USA. This is the first book focusing on leaders and managers of library institutions to offer a global outlook. Facing the need to respond to the expectations of changing populations that librarians strive to serve, this book aims to develop a new understanding of the core values of academic and research libraries, and asks how librarians can innovate, adapt, and flourish in a rapidly shifting professional landscape. Presents conversations with library leaders from 24 major institutions Offers a global perspective on the operation and management of libraries Discusses the director’s impact on institutional structures and future landscapes Gives insights based on first-hand experience

Public Engagement and Emerging Technologies
Author : Kieran O'Doherty,Edna Einsiedel
Publisher : UBC Press
Release Date : 2012-12-01
ISBN 10 : 0774824638
Pages : 356 pages
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New technologies and the science that created them have transformed our lives, posing challenges as to how technological change can be better integrated in society. Recognition of these issues has led to different ways of engaging the public in the assessment and regulation of emerging technologies. This book puts the subject of publics and their engagement in emerging technologies on a robust theoretical footing. With a strong, though not exclusive, focus on genomic technologies, leading theorists and practitioners in the field provide precise and clear insights into the key issues in public participation studies, including ethics, process, and principles of knowledge distribution in democratic societies.

Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology
Author : John K. Gilbert,Bruce V. Lewenstein,Susan M. Stocklmayer
Publisher : Routledge
Release Date : 2013
ISBN 10 : 0415896266
Pages : 336 pages
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Science communication seeks to engage individuals and groups with evidence-based information about the nature, outcomes, and social consequences of science and technology. This text provides an overview of this burgeoning field - the issues with which it deals, important influences that affect it, the challenges that it faces. It introduces readers to the research-based literature about science communication and shows how it relates to actual or potential practice. A "Further Exploration" section provides suggestions for activities that readers might do to explore the issues raised. Organized around five themes, each chapter addresses a different aspect of science communication: • Models of science communication – theory into practice • Challenges in communicating science • Major themes in science communication • Informal learning • Communication of contemporary issues in science and society Relevant for all those interested in and concerned about current issues and developments in science communication, this volume is an ideal text for courses and a must-have resource for faculty, students, and professionals in this field.

Handbook of Research on Digital Devices for Inclusivity and Engagement in Libraries
Author : Adeyinka Tella
Publisher : Information Science Publishing
Release Date : 2019-07-05
ISBN 10 : 9781522590347
Pages : 491 pages
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"This book examines the development and transforming effects of information and communication technology on the use of interactive digital devices in libraries. It also explores how digital devices can be used for inclusivity and engagement in libraries"--

The Value of Academic Libraries
Author : Megan Oakleaf
Publisher : Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr
Release Date : 2010
ISBN 10 : 0838985688
Pages : 184 pages
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This report provides Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) leaders and the academic community with a clear view of the current state of the literature on value of libraries within an institutional context, suggestions for immediate "Next Steps" in the demonstration of academic library value, and a "Research Agenda" for articulating academic library value. Its focus is to help librarians understand, based on professional literature, the current answer to the question, "How does the library advance the missions of the institution?" This report is also of interest to higher educational professionals external to libraries, including senior leaders, administrators, faculty, and student affairs professionals.

Advocacy, Outreach, and the Nation's Academic Libraries
Author : William C. Welburn,Janice Welburn,Beth McNeil
Publisher : Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr
Release Date : 2010
ISBN 10 : 0838985491
Pages : 210 pages
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Student Engagement and the Academic Library
Author : Loanne Snavely
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release Date : 2012
ISBN 10 : 1598849832
Pages : 139 pages
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"This unique book explores exciting programs and initiatives that can both engage undergraduate students with academic libraries and assist academic librarians in creating a vibrant library atmosphere"--

Responses to the Committee's Tenth Report, Session 2003-04, Scientific Publications
Author : Great Britain Parliament - Science and Technology Committee
Publisher : The Stationery Office
Release Date : 2004
ISBN 10 : 9780215020192
Pages : 67 pages
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Government responses to HCP 399-I, session 2003-04 (ISBN 0215018559)

Communicating Science Effectively
Author : National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education,Committee on the Science of Science Communication: A Research Agenda
Publisher : National Academies Press
Release Date : 2017-04-08
ISBN 10 : 0309451027
Pages : 152 pages
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Science and technology are embedded in virtually every aspect of modern life. As a result, people face an increasing need to integrate information from science with their personal values and other considerations as they make important life decisions about medical care, the safety of foods, what to do about climate change, and many other issues. Communicating science effectively, however, is a complex task and an acquired skill. Moreover, the approaches to communicating science that will be most effective for specific audiences and circumstances are not obvious. Fortunately, there is an expanding science base from diverse disciplines that can support science communicators in making these determinations. Communicating Science Effectively offers a research agenda for science communicators and researchers seeking to apply this research and fill gaps in knowledge about how to communicate effectively about science, focusing in particular on issues that are contentious in the public sphere. To inform this research agenda, this publication identifies important influences â€" psychological, economic, political, social, cultural, and media-related â€" on how science related to such issues is understood, perceived, and used.

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology
Author : Mehdi Khosrow-Pour,Mehdi Khosrowpour
Publisher : IGI Global Snippet
Release Date : 2009
ISBN 10 : 9781605660264
Pages : 523 pages
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"This set of books represents a detailed compendium of authoritative, research-based entries that define the contemporary state of knowledge on technology"--Provided by publisher.

Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships
Author : Robin Kear,Kate Joranson
Publisher : Chandos Publishing
Release Date : 2018-03-05
ISBN 10 : 0081020244
Pages : 224 pages
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Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Partnerships brings forward ideas and reflections that stay fresh beyond the changing technological landscape. The book encapsulates a cultural shift for libraries and librarians and presents a collection of authors who reflect on the collaborations they have formed around digital humanities work. Authors examine a range of issues, including labor equity, digital infrastructure, digital pedagogy, and community partnerships. Readers will find kinship in the complexities of the partnerships described in this book, and become more equipped to conceptualize their own paths and partnerships. Provides insight into the collaborative relationships among academic librarians and faculty in the humanities Documents the current environment, while prompting new questions, research paths and teaching methods Examines the challenges and opportunities for the digital humanities in higher education Presents examples of collaborations from a variety of international perspectives and educational institutions