Monday, June 26, 2005, 8:30-11:30 AM

kaleidoscope of scientific literacy: fusing new connections

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Reception and Poster Session to follow, 11:30-12:30

Partnerships with scientists, publishers, the media, and academic and informal education communities provide opportunities for librarians to advance scientific literacy. Science librarians can advocate for good scholarly communication practices, experiential teaching skills for information literacy, new information resources, open access to research and curriculum materials, and adequate support for information resources for research and teaching. Leaders in a variety of science learning communities will share ideas about how to promote the role of librarians in enhancing scientific literacy. You will have a chance to suggest ideas of your own to other attendees and to the speakers.


  • Shirley Malcom - Head, AAAS Directorate for Education
  • Thomas Moritz - Associate Director, Administration, and Chief of Knowledge Management, Getty Research Institute
  • LeRoy Lee - Director, Wisconsin Science Network
  • Sidney Perkowitz - Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics, Emory University
  • James L. Mullins - Dean of Libraries, Purdue University


Shirley Malcom - Keynote Speaker. Head, AAAS Directorate for Education
Library links: Putting Science and Publics Together

Our experiences and outreach at AAAS with informal science are based on a belief that there is a strong core of interest in science by public audiences. The challenges have been: determining specific areas to promote; developing an appropriate format; and a helping to identify and/or to create a supportive venue. For many AAAS programs libraries have been the community links to support our efforts in science literacy. Successful examples of such partnerships will be discussed along with overarching principles for effective engagement, including outreach to diverse audiences and capacity building for staff and volunteers.

Shirley Malcom's bio

PowerPoint Presentation


Thomas Moritz - Associate Director, Administration, and Chief of Knowledge Management, Getty Research Institute
Toward Science Literacy on the International Scale

Thomas Moritz brings the global view of the role of libraries and museums in worldwide science literacy. He will discuss his work on developing digital collections and in particular the "Conservation Commons", and the impact of these projects on access to scientific research worldwide.

BIO:Tom Moritz is Associate Director for Administration and Chief, Knowledge Management at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. A professional librarian for more than 30 years, he has worked -- at all scales -- on problems of integration of scientific data, information and knowledge in digital environments for more than 20 years.

Getty Research Institute
Conservation Commons

PowerPoint Presentation


LeRoy Lee - Director, Wisconsin Science Network
The Wisonsin Science Network

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) initiated a project in 1995 with funding from the Exxon/Mobile Foundation to build a presence for science in every school in the United States. The program, called Building a Presence for Science, was designed to identify a point of contact in each building to electronnically exchange and disseminate information. Points of Contact were grouped geographically into learning communities, each under the direction of a key leader. All members of the electronic community are able to communicate through the system to each other and to the state director. NSTA provided and maintains the server and the database. Presently 35 states are involved in the program with over 42,000 Points of Contacts. The Wisconsin Science Network has actively sought media specialists and librarians as Points of Contact. While the response has not been great, letters of appreciation for the content and the apparent high level of distribution of the information by this group have been significant.

BIO: LeRoy Lee is presently the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Science Network, a coalition of organizations conducting the Wisconsin NSTA Building a Presence for Science program. After retiring from teaching high school science, Lee served as the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. At the Wisconsin Academy he was responsible for developing a non commercial gallery, publishing an annual research journal and a monthly magazine as well as serving as project director of major federal and foundation grants in the sciences and humanities. He is the past recipient of the National Science Supervisors "Nations Outstanding Science Supervisor" award and the National Science Teachers Association's "Distinguished Service to Science Education" award. Lee was the 1986-87 president of NSTA and served as the NSTA Treasurer from 1997-2006.

Wisconsin Science Network
National Alliance of State Science & Mathematics Coalitions

PowerPoint Presentation


Sidney Perkowitz - Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics, Emory University
Inspirational Literacy: Books and Films for Scientific Correctness and Scientific Excitement

Scientists value accuracy, so when a scientist like me abandons the lab to become a popular science writer, one goal that remains out of the old life is to tell the science correctly. This is a noble aim: it's true to the search for truth, and true to the important undertaking of increasing science literacy. But more people world-wide have learned something about genetic engineering or black holes from a single blockbuster science fiction film than from all the science books ever written - yet movies tend to present the glitz of science, not its deeper levels. Rather than reject the glitz as unworthy, we should use it, but in valid ways, including its inspirational role. My own interest in science was heightened in high school when I read Robert Heinlein's books and saw the film Destination Moon, based on one of his stories. Cynthia Breazeal, a famous and brilliant young robotics engineer at MIT, says she was inspired as a child when she saw R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars. Now, though the final repository of science in depth is still the written word, people - especially young people - are conditioned to learn visually as well as through text. It makes sense to use all the media at our disposal. Based on my own experience writing Hollywood Science, a book about science in films, teaching a college course that arose out of the book and speaking about science at a local library, I'll talk about science-based books and films, both nonfiction and science fiction, as interacting, mutually reinforcing ways for us as educators and librarians to spread science literacy and science excitement.

Sidney Perkowitz' bio

PowerPoint Presentation
Syllabus: PHYS 380R/FILM 373 - Science in Film


James L. Mullins - Dean of Libraries, Purdue
Diane Rein - Assistant Professor, Library Science, and Molecular Biosciences Specialist, Purdue
Revelations of a Dean: an old dog can still learn new tricks

Having served as a librarian for more than thirty years, it was energizing for me to learn that it is still possible to comprehend new issues, learn about and consider new options, and empower others to see new directions. In this presentation I will discuss my experience upon assuming the position of dean - the conversations, the collaborations, the responses, and the opportunities for creating a dynamic information literacy program. I will include the experience of establishing an endowed chair in information literacy, creating joint appointments between the libraries and academic departments, and exploring an interdisciplinary research program with librarians as co-principal investigators.

James L. Mullins' bio
Diane Rein's bio

Selected Bibliography on Life Sciences Information Instruction/Literacy: 21st Century Trends and Issues.
Compiled by Diane C. Rein, May 1, 2006

PowerPoint Presentation

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