STAR Net News - July 13, 2022
STAR Net News - July 13, 2022
July 13, 2022
STAR Net's SEAL (Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries) Initiative!
In support of the 2023 and 2024 eclipses

Thanks to generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, STAR Net is able to distribute approximately 5 million eclipse glasses to public libraries across the country. In addition to glasses distribution, the initiative also includes:

  • In-person training in partnership with state libraries in every state, D.C., and US Territories and Protectorates
  • Circulating solar science kits for state libraries
  • An online community where you can partner with scientists and volunteers to conduct programs
  • Virtual training opportunities
  • And more exciting news to come!

To learn more, and to get registered for FREE ECLIPSE GLASSES, please visit the SEAL Project Site
You can read the full project press release 
Our SEAL FAQ Webinar in support of this project will occur July 26, 2022 01:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Register for the SEAL FAQ Webinar

Fostering Belonging in Neurodiverse Teams

Library staff are committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in their communities (Fournier and Ostman). It’s often the case that people find a welcoming and safe environment at a library – a sense of belonging. Understanding neurodiversity helps increase inclusion.
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American Library Association Annual Conference – STAR Net Activities

The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference was a lot of fun, and we were thrilled to see many of you in person.  We hope you got a lot out of the workshops, one-on-one conversations, and public presentations. We’ve summarized our participation and have rounded up the activities and resources we shared.  
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The STAR Library Network (STAR Net) is 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.
STAR Net is built upon a strong network of collaborators and partners, led by the Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). Partners include the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, Collaborative Summer Library Program, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Education Development Center, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI), University of Colorado. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, and the NASA Science Mission Directorate.
STAR Net Blogs
STEAM Strategy Videos
by Christine Shupla, The Lunar and Planetary Institute 
NASA@ My Library has produced a series of short professional development videos as a resource to library staff conducting Earth and space science programs. Each video is 4 to 10 minutes, featuring suggestions and recommendations from library staff experienced in conducting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs. Most are accompanied by a website or document with additional resources.
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Gathering Feedback from Patrons
by NASA@ My Library Mentor Atlas Logan
Most libraries keep track of basic statistical information such as the number and types of programs being provided, target audiences, and how many people attend those events… but what about collecting the more qualitative data, such as direct statements and evaluations of patron experience? 
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How to Retain Customer Interest in STEAM Programs
by NASA@ My Library Mentor Valerie Marshall
It would seem that these two things dovetail beautifully, on the one hand a moral directive, and on the other a practical solution. So why is inclusivity so difficult? The problem comes to light when we spend a few moments trying to understand our audience and ourselves.
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Artemis 1 Watchparty Registration 
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Our Blue Planet: Earth
Summer 2022
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