Author ORCID Identifier

Amanda M. Durik:

Document Type



This project aimed to cultivate library patrons’ interest in earth and space science, using research on how situations can trigger and support interest to deepen across time. The project featured a dynamic but low-tech library display that showcased thematic content to help patrons realize and develop their interest in earth and space science topics. Patrons engaged with and returned regularly to the display, which predicted their participation in additional activities outside of viewing the display, indicating deepening interest. This approach uses a passive program to help libraries build patrons’ interest in accessing science resources and programs.

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Original Citation

Amanda M. Durik, Sarah Milstead Post, Wanda Green, Audra P. Jensen, Joy S. Pawirosetiko, Cody Gibson & Paul B. Dusenbery (2021): Exploring How Public Libraries Can Build Situational Interest in Science, Journal of Library Administration, DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2021.1906545


Department of Psychology


NASA@ My Library is based upon work funded by NASA under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of NASA@ My Library and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.





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