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LG-95-17-0158-17

Arizona State University
Fiscal Year: 
2017
Award: 
$249,983.00
City: 
Tempe
State: 
AZ
Recipient Type: 
Library
Program: 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Categories: 
Community Anchors - Project

Arizona State University, in partnership with Arizona State Library and NISE Net, will develop a field-tested, replicable, low-cost toolkit of citizen science resources for public libraries. The project team of librarians, citizen science experts, informal STEM educators, practitioners, and scientists, will: 1) develop and evaluate citizen science toolkits that will be available for and through the public library partners; 2) create associated resources to train, support, and communicate with librarians and citizen scientists; and 3) work with stakeholders to create a plan to scale the model to interested libraries, statewide then nationally. The project will leverage SciStarter, an online community that brings together science researchers and citizen scientists, with a database of over 1,600 citizen science projects. Summative evaluation will assess the library staffs' knowledge of citizen science, their capacities, and sense of self-efficacy in engaging patrons in citizen science activities, and will also measure the extent of patrons' participation in citizen science as a result of the library programming.