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Spring 2019 Impact

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35 Science Journal Club: a School Library System and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library Collaboration Sara Kardasz When the Next Generation Science Standards were released in 2013, the school library media specialists (SLMS) in Western Suffolk BOCES (WSBOCES) began to consider ways that they could collaborate with and support their science teachers. In 2015, we began to hear more about New York State's plan for P-12 science education. Listening to these conversations, I began to think about the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), a major research institution located nearby. I wondered if the Carnegie Library there might be interested in collaborating on a program. Aer a little research on their website, contact was made with the Executive Director of the Carnegie Library, Ludmila Pollock. She agreed to meet to discuss ideas. A valuable lesson learned about initiating collaboration is ASK. Explain who you are, lay out your ideas, and wait to see what happens. e initial brainstorming meeting included two high school librarians, two high school science teachers, myself, Ms. Pollock, and a member of her staff. A number of ideas were discussed; but the program agreed upon was a Science Journal Club. Science Journal Clubs are commonly found in science departments on college campuses or research facilities. A blog post of the National Institutes of Health, 5 Tips for Journal Club First-Timers (Bauer, 2015), describes a Science Journal Club as "a regular gathering of scientists to discuss a scientific paper found in a research journal. One or two members of Sara Kardasz is the Program Administrator of the School Library System at Western Suffolk BOCES on Long Island. Prior to this position, Ms. Kardasz was a School Library Media Specialist at the Little Flower School, a special act school, in Wading River, NY.

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