The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI), the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center, invites public libraries nationwide to apply to become a NASA@ My Library Partner and join the NASA@ My Library project.
NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.
Public libraries are invited to work with NASA@ My Library project organizations, NASA, and state library agencies to increase and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities for millions of library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations that are currently underserved in STEM education. The NASA@ My Library project will increase and sustain the availability of NASA science-focused learning experiences for underserved audiences through:
Seventy-five public libraries will be selected to become NASA@ My Library Partners through a competitive application process. NASA@ My Library Partners will receive NASA STEM Facilitation Kits, NASA STEM Backpacks for circulation, financial resources, training, and partnership opportunities. Through this project, participating libraries will engage public audiences in informal, lifelong learning opportunities during a sustained, multi-year effort involving hands-on activities, high-profile events, and other programs conducted in collaboration with national and local organizational partners, scientists, engineers, and other STEM experts. The NASA@ My Library project will include a research study and evaluation of STEM learning in a library setting.
Long-term outcome: NASA@ My Library program stakeholders (including public and state library agency staff; the NASA earth and space science education community; NASA scientists, engineers, and volunteers; and informal science educators) will increase the quality and quantity of library collaborations used to deliver high-visibility NASA, Earth, celestial, and library events.
Long-term outcome: The NASA@ My Library team will increase the capacity of library and state library agency staff to utilize collaborations and NASA resources to provide accessible NASA science-focused learning experiences.
Long-term outcome: Through the NASA@ My Library project, public library patrons (especially youth and lifelong learners, those in rural and other underserved communities) will experience increased and sustained access to exciting NASA science-focused STEM opportunities that result in patrons becoming more interested in, knowledgeable about, and engaged in Earth and space science and engineering.
Prospective applicants for NASA@ My Library are invited to consult the following resources when planning their proposals.
NASA@ My Library leverages and expands upon the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR_Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing "science-technology activities and resources" (STAR) and training to use those resources. Public library staff can immediately join this FREE network to access:
For programming ideas, visit ProgrammingLibrarian.org and enter "STEM" into the Search field.
By offering programming for existing national and international STEM/space events, NASA@ My Library Partners may draw upon existing program ideas and resources to attract the attention of the broader local community. NASA@ My Library will promote three to five of these types of high-profile events each year. These events include (but are not limited to) those listed below.
High-profile NASA@ My Library events might include: an International Observe the Moon night event in collaboration with a member of the Night Sky Network, hosting a NASA spacecraft launch event where live NASA coverage is streamed to a large audience, or hands-on activities facilitated by a NASA scientist for Earth Day. Visit theSTAR_Net STEM Activity Clearinghouse for collections related to the events listed below.
Beginning in March and extending into spring/summerHelp your community explore the wonders of NASA science and celebrate the contribution of women to STEM! Libraries will have the opportunity to host events related to NASA's scientific explorations of the universe during Women's History Month. These types of events are open to all family members, regardless of gender, but focus on engaging girls in science using field-tested, hands-on activities.
April 22, 2017
From the clouds and weather that we can see, to the air we breathe, our Earth's atmosphere is essential to sustaining life on our planet. Join this national celebration of our planet with hands-on activities about Earth's Protective Atmosphere. There will be opportunities for library patrons to be citizen scientists and help NASA scientists understand clouds from below (using citizen scientists' observations) and above (using satellites). Using the new, user-friendly GLOBE Observer app, citizen scientists can contribute their observations of clouds and help improve our understanding of Earth and the global environment.
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme for 2017 explores construction, architecture, community-building, and more. Help your community use a creative process of thinking, building, testing – and doing it all again! – through hands-on engineering projects. Help communities explore options for making our world a better place using technology and eco-friendly choices at home and in our communities. Consider what it is like on other worlds and design (model) space colonies that would allow astronauts to thrive in space.
On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the Continental U.S. Eleven states will have the chance to see the daytime Sun covered by the Moon, while in others, the Moon will partially cover the Sun. The Eclipse offers a wide-variety of possibilities for STEM-based library programs - to learn more about how libraries are participating in the 2017 Solar Eclipse, and to get ideas for your NASA@ My Library application, visit: www.starnetlibraries.org/2017eclipse.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has chosen Space as their 2019 summer reading program theme. The American Library Association also provides a resource page for summer reading programs, including tips on collaboration with local schools, outreach, and reading lists.
October 28, 2017
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event — and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together. Find resources for libraries to host their own InOMN events at http://www.starnetlibraries.org/international-observe-the-moon-night/. InOMN is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
More information on building local (and national) partnerships to help support NASA@ My Library programming will be presented at the project workshop in February 2018.
The NASA@ My Library project team will promote three to five of these events each year, providing NASA@ My Library Partners with robust event planning resources on the project website and via webinars. Selected libraries are strongly encouraged to host related events in their local communities.
For more information on programming requirements for the NASA@ My Library program, please visit the Guidelines page.
During the NASA@ My Library program selected libraries will be invited to collaborate with a network of NASA Subject Matter Experts to serve as program speakers and active participants in ongoing community dialogue on STEM learning and engagement. These Subject Matter Experts are STEM-focused professionals from NASA-funded centers and institutions, as well as individuals within each region that can collaborate on programs with the chosen libraries throughout the NASA@ My Library project. NASA SMEs (specifically those identified via the Solar System Ambassadors Program and the Night Sky Network) typically do not charge speaker fees or honoraria, however they may require reimbursement of travel expenses. Below is a list of potential collaborators:
http://www.nasa.gov/about/speakers/nasa-speakers-howto.html Through the NASA Speakers Bureau, libraries may request a presentation about NASA’s human space exploration, rockets, or aeronautics programs.
The NASA Night Sky Network is a coalition of over 450 astronomy clubs across the US. They share their time and telescopes to provide you with unique astronomy experiences both inside and under the real night sky. The collaboration possibilities are endless. You can also find these activities online and recreate them yourself. They come with simple materials lists and are easy to assemble. You can even print out handouts about the moon, meteor showers, sky charts for this month, and more. Simply click on "Outreach Resources" and search by topic.
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program designed to work with volunteers across the nation who communicate the excitement of NASA’s space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
NASA Educator Resource Centers are located throughout the United States and provide educators with demonstrations of educational technologies, such as NASA educational websites, as well as training using NASA instructional products.
Space Grant is a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia. The consortia fund fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology, as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development.
The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) has successfully piloted a Community Dialogue strategy as part of its National Institutes of Health-funded Discover Health/Descubre la Salud program. Based on elements of ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities model, this strategy facilitates conversations between library staff, community members and leaders, and project team members to inform project direction and design.
These Dialogues have yielded valuable data about the needs of identified underserved audiences (e.g., how they use the library, barriers to participation in certain types of programming), identified or solidified potential community partnerships, as well as provided an opportunity for programming librarians to give feedback.
Successful NASA@ My Library applicants will receive instruction on conducting their own community dialogue events in webinars and at the in-person workshop in 2018. For more information about the workshop and other NASA@ My Library application information, visit the Guidelines page.