ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL, ACRL_STS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
In endorsing the April 2017 March for Science, then ALA President Julie Todaro wrote: “You can’t make good choices if you don’t have access to quality information…. Librarians and library workers work diligently to curate tangible information resources for our more than 1.4 billion visitors who rely on the expertise of our nation’s scientists and researchers to fuel good choices through access to diverse information and educational resources. …. Evidence-based policymaking cannot transpire without science education, research funding, and inclusive and accessible access to scientific data and findings. We welcome this opportunity to join other education experts as we work together to bring attention to the power of ideas and exploration” (http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/04/ala-stands-science-encourages-march-science-participation-6). The ACRL Insider reported that the ACRL Board of Directors voted to partner with the March for Science, and stated that “Librarians will be well-represented at the march in D.C. and the satellite marches, to express their support for open scientific communication and evidence-based decision making” (http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/13607).
The STS program for the ALA 2018 Annual Conference will bring together experts in science, science communication, and science literacy to discuss how scientific research is communicated to students and the general public, and to consider the role of librarians and science communication professionals in making sure that the content is evidence-based and accessible. This panel will include at least one professional scientist, at least one science communication expert, and at least one librarian for a lively and high-impact discussion of these questions.
This program will consider current events, but also make sure that panelists and participants alike can see how current issues fit into the history of science communication. It will also highlight exceptional and best practices in science communication and science literacy, such as collaborative climate camps and science boot camps