Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2017

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Primary contact information...
Michigan State University Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI , 48824
United States
Andrea Kepsel is the primary contact.
Phone: (517) 884-0898
Resource URL:
Region: Midwest

Description: 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 Sports Research, Biogeochemistry and Ecology, and Agriculture and Natural Resources, designed to provide overviews of emerging trends and research methodologies and in-depth descriptions of particular research projects. A keynote address focusing on the Flint water crisis will inspire new ideas for engagement in research and public health. In addition to these education sessions, the Boot Camp will include lightning talks from attending librarians and facility tours at the Michigan State University W.K. Kellogg Biological Station. Networking events, including a banquet dinner and an ice cream social at the Michigan State University Dairy Store, will provide many opportunities for attendees to share experiences and brainstorm new paths to engage with research faculty at their home institutions. By attending this Boot Camp and learning directly from active researchers, librarians from the Greater Midwest region and beyond will enhance their understanding of several key areas of scientific and medical research and will become better prepared to provide support for research at their home institutions.

Experience Level: Beginning Plus
Continuing Education Experience: None
CE Contact Hours: 13
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Environment and Information Policies, Leadership and Management, Health Sciences Information Services, Research + Analysis and Interpretation
Subject: Outreach/Advocacy, Reference Resources & Services, Research, Subject Specific Resources
Course Type: Face to Face

Educational Objective: - Participants will gain detailed knowledge of the current state of research, including new terminologies and methodologies, in specific areas of biomedical and life sciences (detailed in the agenda). - 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.


Tuesday, July 18
Early arrival

Wednesday, July 19
9:30-11:45am Pre-Camp Tours for Early Arrivals
11:30am-1:00pm Registration and Lunch
1:00pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:15-3:45pm Session 1:  Sports Science
Gary Blanchard: "Helping Doctors Detect the Invisible:  Developing Head Impact Sensing Technology"
Chris Kuenze: "Staying Active after ACL Injury"
3:30-4:00pm Break
4:00-5:30pm Lightning Talks
6:00-9:00pm Keynote Reception, Dinner, and Lecture
Susan Masten: "Flint Water Crisis: The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions"

Thursday, July 20
7:00-8:30am Breakfast
9:00am Board bus for Kellogg Biological Station (KBS)
10:30am Session 2:  Biogeochemistry and Ecology
Stephen Hamilton: "Environmental effects and recovery from a major diluted bitumen (tar sands) oil spill into the Kalamazoo River, Michigan"
12:00-12:50pm Lunch
1:00-3:00pm KBS Facility Tours
3:30pm Board Bus for Michigan State University Campus
4:45-5:30pm Ice Cream Social at MSU Dairy Store
6:00-9:00pm Dinner and Optional Outing

Friday, July 21
7:00-10:00am Checkout
7:00-8:30am Breakfast
9:00-11:30am Session 3:  Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pat Soranno: "Taking the macroscopic view of lake ecology: studying 50,000 lakes in the midwestern and northeastern US"
Jane Payumo: "Why Intellectual Property Matters to me as an Ag Scientist"
11:30-1:00pm Lunch and Depart

Need for This Course: 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 third 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 Michigan. 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 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp and similar events held in 2016 (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 insights into how they might best apply their knowledge to provide research services to faculty and student researchers, thus furthering their libraries’ e-Science agendas. Moreover, by networking with their peers, librarians will be able to share success stories and brainstorm new ideas about how to reach out to and form partnerships with research teams on their campuses. This will help librarians “play a bridging role” between researchers and resources at their home institutions.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, and Sharing/Self-disclosure.

Participant Materials: All Boot Camp materials, including lecture slides, will be available from the program website:

Facility Requirements: The Boot Camp will be held on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. 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, transportation and tours of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, and accommodations for overnight "campers".

Additional Evaluation: In addition to the MLA CE application, we will gauge learning via assessment instruments revised from the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp’s 2016 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 the BootCamp's Twitter feed for participant comments.