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Paper: Astronomy Education and Outreach in a Large Urban University
Volume: 433, Library and Information Services in Astronomy VI: 21st Century Astronomy Librarianship, From New Ideas to Action
Page: 267
Authors: Fernandez, L.
Abstract: This presentation outlines initiatives in astronomy education undertaken within a large urban university in Canada and discusses the role of science librarians in promoting awareness of educational resources in astronomy. Education and public outreach was a key theme during the International Year of Astronomy 2009. A local campus-based observatory program with an interactive chat facility that provides live online viewing of telescope images of the night sky is described, along with a discussion of its role in public outreach. As the learning commons concept is developed in the library it will create more opportunities for partnering with science faculty and the campus observatory to support educational initiatives in astronomy.
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