New Videos Aim to Help Librarians Build Interest in Science

Libraries are perfect places for helping people find information they are looking for, but how do people use the library to realize new interests? Watch a new video, How to Build Science Interest Among Library Patrons in Seven Steps: Interest Development Strategies in Public Libraries, produced by Cornerstones of Science that focuses on a specific way libraries can help patrons gain new and unrealized interests.

Helping patrons in this way can bring people back to a library more often as they seek additional information on a theme. This can ultimately attract more people to library programs and events based on a topic or associated themes. The video and the recently published research article “Exploring How Public Libraries Can Build Situational Interest in Science” in the April 7, 2021 peer-reviewed journal, Journal for Library Administration, demonstrate the psychology of interest and the pilot research project that was conducted as part of the NASA@ My Library project from 2019-2020 through Cornerstones of Science, Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, Northern Illinois University, Tom Green County Public Library in San Angelo, TX, Show Low Public Library in AZ, and the Gwinnett County Public Library Lawrenceville Branch in GA.

Visit the Cornerstones of Science YouTube page for more how-to videos, STEM stories from librarians, archived librarian training webinars, and more.