Citizen Science in Libraries: Bridging the Gap Between Communities and Science


Join us on a journey through the evolving landscape of public libraries since 2018, where branches have blossomed into dynamic hubs for citizen science. We'll explore how libraries have become catalysts for community engagement, enabling people from all walks of life to conduct genuine science, and accelerating scientific research. From tracking local biodiversity to measuring air and water quality, citizen scientists are addressing vital issues right in their own neighborhoods. In this presentation, we'll share how inclusive programs invite everyone to participate in science that's both accessible and impactful, shedding light on phenomena like light pollution and urban heat islands. You'll get a peek at the innovative citizen science kits that empower residents to dive into research at their convenience. We will discuss how library-partnered citizen science project such as LA BioBlitz Challenge and open science drive conservation efforts, fostering community involvement and data-driven decisions. Lastly, we will examine the hurdles libraries face with open access to the data collected. Discover how public libraries are not just participating in the open science movement but are leading the charge into a new era of activism and discovery.

Ballroom F
Friday, March 15, 2024 - 10:00 to 11:00