CollectionsWeb and the Coalition on Public Understanding of Science are promoting the involvement of science collections in the Year of Science 2009.  Initiatives to engage the public, such as science cafes, citizen science involvement, and science magazines or brochures generated by collections, are an effective way to communicate science and increase its value to society.  Collaboration with other groups that promote communicating science with the public is also encouraged.  Find local partners or register your institution at  Go to for more information on how to participate in the Year of Science 2009.