More Citizen Science!

Citizen Science Month may have ended, but citizen science continues! Join NASA and the Citizen Science Association for the first CitSciCon, online on May 21-22, 2021. Attend informative sessions and learn about citizen science projects sponsored by NASA.

  • Identify new planets, exoplanets, or comets
  • Paint images of coral reefs
  • Map penguin populations
  • And more!

Visit NASA’s page at SciStarter ( to register for events and learn more about projects.

Citizen Science Month

April is Citizen Science Month, and here in Rodgers Library we’re excited about all the events and projects that are coming our way in the next several weeks.

But what is citizen science, you ask?  It’s simply the opportunity for regular citizens–like you and me, our friends and families–to contribute to real scientific research.  That could mean collecting data, analyzing video, or even playing games on your phone.

A great place to get a look at the full range of projects is  SciStarter brings together thousands of science research projects and millions of citizen scientists, resulting in a space where everyone can explore their scientific interests and make a contribution.

Since April is Citizen Science Month, there are activities for every day, so check out the calendar!

A few upcoming online events:

Thursday, April 8, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Participate in Citizen Science
Relaxed, hands-on session led by Boston College Libraries

Saturday, April 10, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Get Started with Citizen Science
Learn about citizen science and see two demos of actual projects; led by SciStarter and volunteers from Verizon

Monday, April 12, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Turn Your Curiosity into Impact with SciStarter & OLLI at ASU
Another session where you can learn about citizen science and see demos of projects

Other sessions offer interviews, panels, demos of projects, and more!

Welcome to Citizen Science Month!

Rodgers Library Reopening

Library tables with chairs spaced for social distancing

Rodgers Library is taking first steps toward reopening for our users. From June 30 to July 2, Rodgers Library will be open in the afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. From July 6 to the end of Summer II (July 31), Rodgers Library will be open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Visitors to the library during Summer II will immediately notice changes. Access will be limited to UA faculty, staff, and students, and visitors much swipe their Action card at the door to enter. Visitors much wear a mask at all times and observe social distancing by staying 6′ from other persons.

The second floor of Rodgers is currently closed, as is the Scholars’ Station; visitors are invited to use the learning commons area on the first floor. Many of the computers have been disabled to create 6′ of separation between users. Likewise, only one user may be seated at each study table. Group study rooms are closed. The library will not be circulating equipment such as laptops. The circulation desk has been reconfigured to be accessed from the lobby area.

Staff are present and ready to assist users. Visitors are encouraged to ask for help at the circulation desk. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes (e.g., for wiping computer keyboards) are available at the circulation desk. It’s our goal to create an environment where you may use library resources safely.

Welcome back to Rodgers!

Schedule for Summer II
June 30 – July 2: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
July 6 – July 31: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

We’re here for you!

The Rodgers Library building might be closed, but our enormous collection of electronic journals, ebooks, and databases is still available to you at any location 24/7 through the website at  Likewise, our science and engineering librarians and staff are working from home to continue to provide support for your teaching, learning, and research.

For a quick response, you can send a question to the University Libraries’ chat service at  You can also submit a question by email using that site, or you can contact one of the Rodgers librarians directly.

  • Mangala Krishnamurthy,
  • Lance Simpson,
  • Vin Scalfani (on sabbatical until May 1)

For guides to using databases and information sources, see

For the most up-to-date information regarding University Libraries’ resources and services, see our library guide at

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance!

Be safe and be well!


Fair Use Fundamentals

We’re celebrating Fair Use Week! We’ve been defining fair use as an exception to the copyright law that allows us to use copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder, within certain limits. You might be wondering what those limits are! Check out the infographic below to see just what is involved in determining whether something is fair use and learn about the four factors that are used to make that decision. Then join us in the celebration!

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Welcome to New Rodgers Librarian

Megan Carlton

Welcome to the newest librarian in Rodgers Library!  Megan Carlton joins us from the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).  She hold a BS in Animal Science from MTSU and an MLIS from the University of Tennessee.  Megan’s professional interests include incorporating instructional technology into the classroom.

Megan is the Rodgers Library liaison to the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Engineering.  She is available to faculty and students in those departments for research consultations and library instruction.  She can be reached at 348-2108 or

For a complete list of instruction options, please consult the Rodgers Library instruction guide.