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Excited about Science Maps!

Children's Science Maps with Inventions and Inventors

Visit the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) May 1-30, 2007 to see the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. This exhibit has traveled to New York, Japan, California, Italy, and many other places. A special aspect of the MCPL display is a focus on making science maps exciting to children. A Kids Drawing Contest (pdf) invited kids ages 4-15 to "draw a picture and write a story about their favorite scientist of science experiment. Prizes include a one year membership to Wonderlab, a science experiment kit, science encyclopedia, and ice cream from Chocolate Moose." The deadline to submit entries was May 10, 2007.

Friday, June 1 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. will be the Opening Event for the Exhibit of the Kid's Drawing Contest Entries. This exhibit will be up at MCPL for the month of June.

Kids Drawing Contest Awards Ceremony
May 18, 2007 (4:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
MCPL Auditorium, 300 E. Kirkwood, Bloomington, Indiana
note: (The top 100 entries will be on exhibit at MCPL till June 30, 2007.)

The Story of Science Maps was the title of Katy Börner's talk for the Opening Reception on May 4th. Katy Börner (SLIS faculty member) and Julie Smith (SLIS) were the co-curators of the exhibit. A power point presentation from her talk includes the vibrant maps exhibited, including close-ups of the Inventions and Inventors maps that accompany this story:

Two related events:

1. Science Café: May 10, 2007, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Border Bookstore
"Science Café is a monthly public science discussion forum. All ages and levels welcome." Katy Börner was the speaker May 10th. The talk flier gave highlights on Mapping Science: "Want to see science from above? Curious to see what impact one single person or invention can have? Keen to find pockets of innovation? Desperate for better tools to manage the flood of information? Or are you simply fascinated by maps?"

2. Friday Speaker Series: "This History and Development of Domain Maps: With a Focus on the Topic of Law" by Peter A. Hook, Electronic Services Librarian (Indiana University School of Law) and Doctoral Student (School of Library and Information Science) :

Domain maps are the graphic rendering of bibliometric data designed to provide a global view of a particular domain, its structural details, or its salient characteristics (most cited authors or papers, bursting concepts, etc.). This talk will provide a brief survey the history of domain maps, their generation, cognitive justification, and current and projected uses. Particular emphasis will be given to domain maps related to the topic of law.

See related SLIS News Story:
Places & Spaces Exhibit at MCPL - May 2007

Posted May 11, 2007