New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA , 01655
United States
Julie Goldman is the primary contact.
Phone: 5088563048
Resource URL:
Region: North Atlantic

Description: Science Boot Camp is a fun and affordable 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Each day involves presentations from scientists about their respective scientific field. One presenter will present an overview of the subject, and the second presenter discusses their research application within the field. This set-up provides science librarians with the base knowledge needed to understand the subject, and also understand how researchers are working in the field. Each presenter provides key resources for their subject, and also addresses how librarians can help researchers within the field of study. Subjects in the past have included nursing, engineering, genetics, public health, toxicology and data visualization. The final day of Boot Camp includes a Capstone Session which provides librarians with a hands-on activity in a related area of study including: research data management, how to talk to researchers, science literacy and citizen science.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 16.5
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services, Curriculum Design and Instruction, Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Outreach/Advocacy, Reference Resources & Services, Research, Subject Specific Resources
Course Type: Face to Face, Hands-on, Specialization, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: The goal of boot camp is to provide a venue for multiple researchers from different disciplines to share their expertise with a group of librarians over a period of several days. Lectures are geared toward educating non-specialists. “Campers” are provided with a framework and vocabulary that will help them better engage their research faculty. At the same time, camp creates an environment for dialogue between these two groups, whereby the information needs of working scientists and the information skills of librarians can find common ground.


Day 1
8 am – 1 pm Residential check-in
9:30 - 10:30 am Campus Tour opportunity
10:45 - 11:45 am - Campus Tour opportunity
11:30 am – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 1:30 pm Welcome & Logistics
1:30 – 4:15 pm Session I
6 – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 pm Evening Talk

Day 2
7:30 – 9 am Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45 am Introduction & Logistics
9:45 am – 12:30 pm Session II
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 4:15 pm Session III
6 – 9 pm Dinner with Lightning Talks

Day 3
7:30 – 9 am Breakfast
9 am – 12 pm Capstone
12 – 1:30 pm Lunch
12 – 2:30 pm Residential check-out

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Panel Discussion, Discussion, Sharing/Self-disclosure, Hands-on Exercises, and Other.

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