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STAR Net News - September 19, 2018
STAR Net News - September 19, 2018
September 19, 2018
Hosting a Successful InOMN Event
NASA, along with its coordinating comittee and partners, have recently developed a revamped InOMN website that provides a treasure trove of resources and tips that will provide your library the best opportunity for a successful 2018 event.
Although they encourage everyone to participate in International Observe the Moon Night on a specific date each year, they understand that this date may not work for everyone. Thus, you are welcome to host your event on a different day. The main objectives are for you and your community are to look at the Moon, learn about the Moon, and to celebrate lunar science, exploration, as well as personal and cultural connections to our nearest celestial neighbor.
Afterschool Universe Training
NASA Goddard is happy to announce their next Afterschool Universe training to be held from October 16-17, and the deadline for registration is September 30. This training is free to all participants, and contingent upon sufficient signups.
This will be a 2-day comprehensive, in-person training that will prepare you to lead their program or train others to do so. After successfully completing this training, you will receive a certificate which documents your participation.
You can sign up for this training on their website.  
STAR_Net Webinar Series
Out-of-This-World Engineering
Date: Wednesday September 26, 2018
Time: 4
pm EDT / 3pm CDT / 2pm MDT / 1pm PDT
Space isn’t just for scientists – it’s also for engineers! Join STAR Net as we take a look at some of the newest activities on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that feature engineering design challenges with a space science theme. As we create rockets and rovers, we’ll be following the engineering design process: think, build, test, and do it again. Come and learn how you can make your 2018 and 2019 STEM programs blast off!
For those that are unable to attend our live webinars, we will have a recording posted on our website within a day or two after the live presentation.
The Solar System Ambassadors Program
is Currently Accepting Applications

The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will be accepting applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2018.
Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning January 1, 2019. To learn more about the SSA Program and to apply online, visit

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact the SSA Team by email at
Credit: State Library of Western Australia
Exploring STEM in Libraries Down Under
As a Fulbright Global Scholar, STAR Net's own Keliann LaConte is working with universities and public libraries on a project entitled, “Bridging Innovations in STEM and the Library Profession for the Public Good.” Keliann was hosted by the University of South Australia in Adelaide from July-August 2018. She also facilitated a workshop in collaboration with the State Library of Western Australia, which was highlighted on the Fulbright Program’s Twitter feed.
In addition, Keliann was a panelist and presenter at a collaborative meeting between libraries, museums, and researchers in South Australia entitled, “Finding our way through STEM,” and worked with library and STEM professionals in Tasmania and Victoria to facilitate the exchange of expertise and resources.

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. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library and Project BUILD 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, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Afterschool Alliance, Education Development Center, Datum Advisors, Cornerstones of Science, and the Pacific Science Center. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
STAR Net Blogs

Libraries to Shine During Lights On Afterschool 2018

By Afterschool Alliance Staff
All across America, afterschool programs love their libraries! According to a 2017 study of more than 350 afterschool programs, nearly three-quarters reported that they were working with their local public library in diverse ways, from literacy initiatives to book lending programs and STEM activities.

Making and Information Literacy

By Heather Moorefield-Lang
Information Literacy, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (2000), is the ability to know when information is needed as well as locate, evaluate, and use that information effectively.
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Association of Science-Technology Centers (ATSC)
Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2018
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Young Adult Services Symposium (YALSA)
Nov. 2-4, 2018
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AGU Fall Meeting
Dec. 10-14, 2018
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Earth Science Week
October 14-20, 2018
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International Observe the
Moon Night

October 20, 2018
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Lights On Afterschool
October 25, 2018
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Mars InSight Landing
November 26, 2018
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