Originally inspired by the success of the New England Science Boot Camp, now in its ninth year, other regional science boot camps for librarians have recently been launched in the American West, Southeast, and, now for its fourth year, in the Great Lakes. To continue providing this immersive learning experience to librarians in the Midwest region, we will hold a Great Lakes Science Boot Camp in Indiana.
The primary target audience is librarians in the Greater Midwest region and neighboring areas of Canada, particularly those who support science and health science research. Based on attendance at the 2016 and 2017 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp and similar events held in previous years (i.e., New England Science Boot Camp, Science BootCamp West), we expect an attendance of between 60 and 100 librarians. This learning opportunity will be beneficial to a broad array of librarians, including those who provide general support for science or health science research communities, and those who have specific liaison duties within science or health science areas that overlap with the Boot Camp topics. By learning directly from and talking with faculty researchers, librarians will gain detailed knowledge of the current state of research, including new terminologies and methodologies, in specific areas of biomedical and life sciences, learn about the scientific research process, and identify opportunities for librarian engagement. Moreover, by networking with their peers and presenting and learning from lightning talks, librarians will be able to share success stories, brainstorm new ideas about how to reach out to and form partnerships with research teams on their campuses, and develop strategies to enhance their support of scientific research at their home institutions. This will help librarians understand bridging role between researchers and resources at their home institutions.
The instructional methods used include student-centered lectures in active learning classrooms, slides, demonstrations and hands-on activities, discussion, and sharing/self-disclosure. All Boot Camp materials, including lecture slides, will be available from the program website: https://sites.google.com/site/greatlakessbc/. The Boot Camp will be held on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The planning committee and librarians from the host institution have made all facility arrangements, including lecture space, AV equipment, Internet access, meals and networking events, local transportation, a tour of Wolf Park, and accommodations for overnight campers.
In addition to the MLA CE application, we will gauge learning via assessment instruments revised from the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp’s 2017 instruments. Questions will address participants' post-course assessment of their individual competencies and confidence, as well as evaluation of individual educational sessions and practical outcomes at the attendees’ home institutions. Finally, we will solicit informal feedback via discussion and monitoring of the BootCamp's Twitter feed for participant comments.
Course URL: https://sites.google.com/site/greatlakessbc/
- Participants will gain detailed knowledge of the current state of research, including new terminologies and methodologies, in specific areas of biomedical and life sciences.
- Participants will learn about the scientific research process, and identify opportunities for librarian engagement
- Participants will develop strategies to enhance their support of scientific research at their home institutions.
3 - 6 pm: Early arrivals register and get settled
6 pm: Casual Group Dinner (Optional)
9 - 11:45: Bechtel Innovation Design Center tour and hands-on activity OR University Archives Zine-Making Session (for early arrivals)
11:30 - 1 pm: Registration (for Regular Arrivals) and Lunch
1 - 1:15: Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:15 - 4 pm: Speaker Session 1
1:15 - 2:30: Speaker I
2:30 - 2:45 pm: Coffee Break
2:45 - 4: Speaker II
4 - 5 pm: Librarian Lightning Talks (5 minutes each)
5 - 6 pm: Happy Hour
6 - 9 pm: Catered BBQ
7 - 8:45: Breakfast
8:45 - 9: Walk to Discovery Park
9 - 11:45: Discovery Park: Lab Tours and Ted Talk-syle Sessions with Scientists
11:45 - 12: Reconvene for lunch
12 - 1: Lunch
1 - 4: Speaker Session 2
1:15 - 2:30: Speaker III
2:30 - 2:45: Coffee Break
2:45 - 4: Speaker IV
4 - 5: Break
5 - 5:30: Load Bus for Wolf Park
5:30 - 9:30 pm: Wolf Park
5:30 pm: Bus leaves for Wolf Park
6:00 pm: Bus arrives at Wolf Park
6:00 - 7:15 pm: Dinner at Wolf Park
7:15 - 9 pm: Wolf Park Researcher Talk and Howl Night
9 pm: Bus leaves for Purdue
9:30 pm: Bus arrives at Purdue
7 - Noon: Dorm Checkout
7 - 8:45: Breakfast
9 - 11:30: Speaker Session 3
9 - 10:15: Speaker V
10:15 - 10:30: Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:45: Speaker VI
11:45 - 1 pm: Lunch and Depart
MLA CE Credits: 13