2019 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians*

For More information on this course or to schedule, please contact Jennifer Hart at hartj@uchicago.edu.

The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp is an immersive 2.5 day event offering librarians opportunities to learn more about key areas of scientific and medical research. The programming features three faculty-led sessions on medicine, public health and epidemiology and ecology designed to provide overviews of emerging trends and research methodologies and in-depth descriptions of particular research projects. One session will focus on designing research to develop interventions, and inform policies on the sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing of adolescents, another will be on social epidemiology and aging, and the third on the ecology and behavior of animal wildlife.

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 fifth 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 Illinois.

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 2017 and 2018 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 the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. 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 visit to the Adler Planetarium, 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 2018 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 URLs: 

https://sites.google.com/site/greatlakessbc/news/bootcampfieldtripwolfpark
https://sites.google.com/site/greatlakessbc/news/speaker-spotlight-melissa-gilliam
https://sites.google.com/site/greatlakessbc/schedule

Course Objectives: 

  • 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.

Agenda:

Tuesday July 16, 2019

6:00 PM Casual Dinner for Early Arrivals

Wednesday July 17, 2019

8:00-9:15 AM Breakfast

9:30-11:45 AM Activity Option A: M.A.D.D. Center Weston Gaming Lab tour and hands-on game activity (Crerar Library)

Activity Option B: Geographic Information Systems hands-on session (Crerar Library)

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Welcome and opening remarks

1:15-3:45 PM Speaker 1, Speaker 2

3:45-4:00 PM Break

4:00-5:30 PM Librarian Lightning Talks (5 minutes each)

6:00-9:00 PM Keynote Reception, Dinner and Lecture

Thursday July 18, 2019

8-8:45 AM Breakfast

8:45-11:45 AM Speaker 3, Speaker 4

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Board bus for Adler Planetarium

1:30-4:30 PM Adler Planetarium session

4:30 PM Buses leave for University of Chicago campus

6:00 - 8:00 PM Dinner

 

Friday July 19, 2019

7:00-10:00 AM Dormitory checkout

8:00-8:45 AM Breakfast

8:45-11:45 AM Speaker 5, Speaker 6

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch and depart

MLA CE Credits: 13