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Paper: Collaborating with Public Libraries: Successes, Challenges, and Thoughts for the Future
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 101
Authors: Smith, D. A.; Eisenhamer, B.; Sharma, M.; Brandehoff, S.; Dominiak, J.; Shipp, S.; LaConte, K.
Abstract: Public libraries serve learners of all ages and backgrounds, provide free and convenient access to resources, and have strong ties to local schools and community-based organizations. Libraries recognize the importance of science literacy to our culture and strive increasingly to include science in their programming portfolio. What are our shared goals in communicating science to the public? What resources, events, or programs are available through your local public library? How can we work with public libraries to connect people to science? This interactive Special Interest Group discussion facilitated by representatives from the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Explore! program, and the Space Telescope Science Institute's Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery library exhibit explored successes, lessons learned, and future opportunities for incorporating science programming into public library settings.
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