Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Citizen Science: Strategy, Onboarding, and Partnerships

Pre-Conference Workshop 2: “Citizen Science: Strategy, Onboarding, and Partnerships”
Organised by the Citizen Science Working Group

Research libraries can play a key role in opening up science to society by taking up tasks in public engagement in science. At European universities a number of centers or hubs evolving around Citizen Science has recently opened. The model seems to be based on Broad Engagement with Science (Ayris & Ignat 2020) but surprisingly few libraries seem to be taking part. This although LIBER libraries in general both see the value in Citizen Science and report they have the skills to engage (Kaarsted et al., forthcoming). The possibility exist that LIBER libraries miss out on this transformation towards Open Science. Accordingly, the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group is hosting a two-step workshop to set a direction, onboard colleagues and show how to work with external partners. The workshop first frames the field, lay out strategic options and dwell into concrete cases, and second discuss and lay out how to form a coalition with internal university partners as well as with societal actors. The moderators are Chairing the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group. In this workshop, we will illustrate the interests, the thrill and the achievements working to improve the academic mission to better serve society.

1) Setting the scene. Trends, guidelines, and strategy (Tiberius Ignat)
2) A coalition of the willing: Roles, dialogue, and common goals with internal partners at your university (Thomas Kaarsted)
3) Bridging the gap: A library hub as facilitators between science as society. Recruitment of user communities at SDU CS Knowledge Center (Anne Kathrine Overgaard)

In PART TWO participants are invited to join two tracks and get concrete take aways on:
1) How to get started. Strategy and leadership in the context of your institution.
2) Built to last. How to form sustainable internal and external partnerships (Overgaard & Kaarsted)

52nd LIBER Annual Conference