Outreach at the Center for History of Physics
and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives
Outreach is as important for non-profits as it is for other organizations. The Center for History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives mostly thrive through collegial collaboration with other organizations and individual researchers. While from one perspective we provide an information service, more than that we work with co-equals to reach common goals: to preserve and make known the heritage of physics and allied sciences.
One way we reach out is through presenting posters and talks at scientific and scholarly meetings. Our poster at the American Geophysical Union meeting in December 2009 in San Francisco alerted people in geoscience education (whose session we were in) to our many resources. Greg Good, director of the Center, presented a talk on January 10th to a workshop of historians of oceanography and biology. Some participants were surprised to learn how much is on our web site and in our collections — and that oceanography, biophysics, and medical physics are well represented.
Call it marketing, call it outreach, call it what you will. We all need to communicate what we do. We need to tell our stories to many different publics, both internal and external to AIP. When we know what others do, we can more easily find how we can help each other — how we can collaborate.