New England Science Boot Camp — Registration is Open!

Registration is OPEN for the 2016 New England Science Boot Camp!


Registration for Science Boot Camp is available at the following link:


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. Now in its eighth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond-and inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada! Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians.

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 15-17, 2016 on the campus of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The science topics for this year’s boot camp include Nursing, Physics and Civil & Environmental Engineering. There will also be a special evening presentation, “Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay” by UMass Dartmouth Professor of Biology Dr. Richard Connor on Wednesday, June 15th. The Capstone on Friday June 17th will feature a hands-on session, “Science Literacy.”


Prior to the official start of the boot camp program, Science Boot Campers can opt to take tours on  Wednesday, June 15 (registrants are required to indicate participation on the registration form):


  • Campus tour featuring the architecture of Paul Rudolph. Tour leader: Bruce Barnes, retired, former head of UMass Dartmouth Library Technical Services


  • Visit the renovated Claire T. Carney Library that has received awards from ALA and the American Institute of Architects. Tour leader: Catherine Fortier Barnes, Assistant Director, Claire T. Carney Library.


Science Boot Campers are also invited to participate in an optional Friday afternoon trip to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Campers will be responsible for the admission fee. More information on this will be provided as it become available!


Science Boot Camp provides librarians with valuable continuing education at a low cost, and offers three options for attendees-full registration with overnight lodging, commuter registration, or a one day registration option. Registration fees are $275 for the full 2 ½ days-this applies to both overnight campers and commuters. The one day registration fee is $125. This year, UMass Dartmouth is offering overnight accommodations for Tuesday June 14th and/or Friday June 17th, at additional cost of $40 for each night to campers. Campers who would like to stay Tuesday and/or Friday evening will pay a separate fee and pay directly to UMass Dartmouth Library. Details about this option can be found on the registration page.


For further information and to register, visit the Science Boot Camp 2016 Lib Guide at . Scholarships are available for current Library School students!


If you’ve never been to Science Boot Camp, visit the e-Science Portal’s Science Boot Camp page at  where you’ll find descriptions, links to past SBC LibGuides, and links to SBC videos!


Are you curious about what you can expect to learn at Science Boot Camp 2016?

Here are the learning objectives for the 2016 Science Boot Camp science sessions:


For each of the focus topics covered at Science Boot Camp’s science sessions, Science Boot Campers will be able to:


  • Explain the structure of the field and its foundational ideas


  • Understand and be able to use terminologies for the field


  • Identify the big questions that this field is exploring


  • Discuss new directions for research in this field


  • Discuss what questions research in this field is addressing


  • Understand how research is conducted, what instrumentation is used, and how data is captured


  • Identify how researchers share information within their fields beyond publications


  • Share insights into what current research in the field is discovering and implications of these discoveries


  • Share insights into how researchers in specific fields collaborate with librarian subject specialists now and how they might collaborate in the future.


  • Identify new ways that librarians can support their research communities


Additionally, following the Capstone session, boot campers will be able to:


  • Explain issues and challenges related to Science Literacy


Registration for Science Boot Camp is available at the following link:


Please look out for more information on e-Science Community blog< >, and on Twitter @NERescience< > and the hashtag #sciboot16< >.

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