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Science Boot Camp

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New England Science Boot Camp

The New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians is an annual two-and-a-half-day educational event offering librarians an opportunity to learn about science. Three science topics are featured at each Science Boot Camp. Each of these topics is presented at a half-day session by New England scientists: one scientist presents an overview of a science and another presents current research work within the field. During the final half hour of each of the science sessions a librarian-facilitated discussion will be held with the scientist presenters. Topics for these discussions include their use of library resources, research information needs, data management practices, and suggestions of new ways that librarians can support their research communities. These science sessions help to provide librarians with context and terminologies of science disciplines that will enable them to better engage with their faculty to provide research services. Boot Camp Capstone sessions feature issues related to science librarianship, including e-Science, current projects, and emerging roles for science librarians. Hosted each summer on a different New England campus, the casual ambience of Science Boot Camp promotes learning and camaraderie among librarians from New England and beyond.

Science Boot Camp 2017

The 2017 Science Boot Camp will be held June 14-16 at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA where it was held back in 2013!

Please save the date and look for up-to-date information on the 2017 LibGuide.

Science Boot Camp 2016

The 2016 Science Boot Camp was held June 15-17 at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA where it was first held back in 2009! Featured science session topics included nursing, physics and engineering. A special evening presentation "Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay" by Dr. Richard Connor and a Capstone program on Science Literacy.

Science Boot Camp 2015

The 2015 Science Boot Camp was held June 17-19 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. Featured science session topics included cognitive neuroscience, marine science, and ornithology. A special evening presentation "For the Blood is the Life: Dracula and the Early History of Blood Transfusion" and a Capstone on the OSTP directive and writing data management plans were also featured.  

Science Boot Camp 2014

The 2014 Science Boot Camp was held June 11-13 on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, CT. Featured science session topics included computer science, evolution, and pharmaceutical science. The "Communicating Science" Capstone featured Citizen Science, effective communication of science to the public, and a breakout session during which attendees conducted research interviews with science graduate students.

Science Boot Camp 2013

The 2013 Science Boot Camp will be held on June 12-14th at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Science topics for this boot camp are agriculture, public health, and analytical chemistry. Conducting research interviews will be the focus of this year’s interactive Capstone session.

Science Boot Camp 2012

Science Boot Camp 2012 was held at Tufts University, Medford, MA on June 13-15, 2012. Science sessions included neuroscience, organic chemistry, and data visualization. A special “Women in Science” panel made up of prominent female scientists discussed their research and careers during dinner on June 13th. The Capstone session featured a panel of New England librarians who shared their experiences at the ARL/DFL e-Science Institute and a presentation on educating the e-Science Librarian by Dr. Terry Plum, assistant dean of Simmons GSLIS West.

Science Boot Camp 2011

Science Boot Camp 2011 was held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA on June 8-10, 2011. Science sessions included robotics, astronomy, and epidemiology. Capstone session featured science informatics at the MBLWHOI Library; focusing on three major initiatives: Encyclopedia of Life, Biodiversity Heritage Library, and NetiNeti

Science Boot Camp 2010

Science Boot Camp 2010 was held at University of Massachusetts Lowell on June 9-11, 2010. Science sessions included genetics, climate change, and remote sensing. Capstone session featured a presentation on data curation at the Cornell University Library, and an update on the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians.

Science Boot Camp 2009

Science Boot Camp 2009 was held at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on June 24-26. Science sessions included GIS, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology.