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UMass Amherst Libraries Win Grant from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine - New England Region

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The UMass Amherst Libraries announce the recent award of a $9,694 grant from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region to support Science Boot Camp (SBC), an annual two-and-a-half-day professional development event for science librarians.

The grant provided seven scholarships for Library staff and library school students from across New England. Recipients were paired with a veteran SBC mentor to develop deeper understandings of science librarianship and related opportunities. The grant also increases the reach of the program, using technology to enable more librarians to participate on the local, national, and even international scale.

“The grant money enabled the Planning Committee to hire a professional videographer to record, edit, and close-caption each session during SBC,” said Thea Atwood, Science and Engineering Librarian at the UMass Amherst Libraries, “as well as to purchase a public address system to enable participants to better hear each lecturer and provide the SBC Planning Committee more autonomy in selecting locations for future Boot Camps.”

Atwood applied for and was awarded the grant on behalf of the New England Science Boot Camp Planning Committee, comprised of science librarians from New England.

SBC aims to support science librarians assisting researchers in subjects new to them, as well as provide them with strategies for effective communication and outreach across multiple scientific disciplines. Each year, researchers are invited from three topical areas to discuss a brief overview of their field and current research. The program ends with librarians spending a half-day working intimately with a subject relevant to their work.