When the American Library Association Public Programs office announced the NASA@ My Library STEM education initiative, my colleagues and I knew we’d be applying to be part of this exciting opportunity to enhance our STEM programming for all ages.
I flew down to Atlanta, GA for the 2017 American Library Association Midwinter Conference, and for a moment thought I had flown right into spring! Friday was a warm sunny day, and I spent the afternoon getting oriented, picking up my registration gear, visiting the Georgia Aquarium, and enjoying the sunshine.
Another new year, another METRO conference! This year’s event took place at the Kimmel Center at NYU, and once again it proved to be a wonderfully friendly and almost familial event. I love the NYC librarian community, and the METRO conference is a chance to see what old friends and colleagues are up to in their work!
On Monday, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the St. John’s University Department of Library and Information Science as a guest of their student association, DLISSA. St. John’s has a large online degree program, so a lot of the attendees were participating remotely, but there were also a few in-person students.
Over the summer, Mozilla Learning announced eight pilot programs to train library staff and students in adapting Mozilla’s web literacy curriculum for use in public libraries and librarian-training programs. The three-part workshop series helped me think about how to teach some of the digital literacy skills I take for granted, and also how to incorporate web literacy into existing library programs and instruction.
Clinton Hill’s raised bed community garden was a four-month program which enabled young adults to connect with nature, engage with science in a hands-on way, and gain confidence by making them feel like a valuable part of the community. The Clinton Hill branch is a small building, and we were inspired to create an outdoor garden to help alleviate some of the tensions between all the children, adults, and teens who are trying to share the library.
We might have just missed the cultural moment, but today I presented a Pokémon GO-themed lightning talk at Brooklyn Public Library’s annual TeacherLab conference. I mostly focused on harnessing the power of popular phenomena like Pokémon GO to make connections with young adults in educational spaces like classrooms and libraries.
I recently participated in a Digital Privacy and Data Literacy professional training program that grew out of a collaboration between Brooklyn Public Library, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, New America’s Open Technology Institute, the Data & Society Research Institute, and Research Action Design.
Greetings from sunny Orlando! I’ve been practically nonstop jetting between conference sessions—there are more than enough intriguing sessions to choose from, and the Orlando Convention Center is huge!
Our grant-funded garden project is well underway at the Clinton Hill branch library! It’s still pretty cold outside here in Brooklyn, so the actual outdoor activities won’t kick into gear until mid-April, but we’ve already started to offer hands-on activities specifically focused on teens that we hope will boost their understanding, familiarity, and interest in science and nature.