Take Action for a Sustainable World!

STAR Net Partners with ALA and Other Key Organizations to Encourage Earth Citizen Science at Home!

In January 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members adopted “sustainability” as a core value of librarianship. To be truly sustainable, a community must embody practices that are environmentally sound AND economically feasible AND socially equitable. Click here for the details on this resolution.

STAR Net‘s new Our Planet: EARTH Fall campaign focuses on earth citizen science opportunities and resources to coincide with Earth Science Week and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. STAR Net and its partners are reaching out to libraries across the U.S. to encourage their patrons to participate in Earth-related Citizen Science activities that they can safely do, both in and outside of their homes.

Take Action By Participating in Citizen Science at Home!

Watch our Featured Webinar

Earth Citizen Science with GLOBE Observer

Recorded on Thursday, August 27, 2020

Any day can be Earth Day when you celebrate our beautiful home planet! A great way to show your appreciation for Earth is to participate in citizen science projects that help us all learn more about how the world works and how to keep it healthy. Join us and learn about GLOBE Observer citizen science and resources to support your library programs. Hear from library staff about how they have involved their patrons in citizen science and learn about ways your community can participate safely and remotely.

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Keeping Watch on Planet Earth

Live Webcast: October 15, 2020 | 4 pm EDT

Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.

Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. Scientists will be in the chat to answer your questions live!

This live OpenSpace webcast is brought to you by the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program in partnership with the American Library Association, and the American Museum of Natural History.

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The Presenter

Ask a Scientist

During October’s live webcast event, library patrons will be able to interact with an American Museum of Natural History and NASA scientist by asking questions (using the chat feature) that relate to constellations.

The Participating Scientists:
– Marina Gemma: PhD Candidate at Columbia University
– Dr. Allegra N. LeGrande: Physical Research Scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Learn More About The Scientists

GLOBE Observer at Home

globe_observer_logo_blueLooking for ways that your patrons can do Earth Science at home? Here are some GLOBE Observer resources that they can do right where they live!

Their observations will help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants, and other life in support of climate research. Scientists also use their data to compliment NASA satellite data. And by submitting observations, they can help students of all ages do real scientific research as part of the GLOBE Program.

To participate, download the app, register with an email address (you can also register using a web form), then go outside and follow the prompts in the app to observe your environment. Choose a citizen science project below and get started.

Note: Always follow guidelines from your local officials. If it is not safe or you cannot go outside, you can still participate with the activities below to learn more about the science and engage in hands-on STEAM activities.

Join the NASA@ My Library Team to Document Mosquito Habitats!

Your library (and patrons) can join the NASA@ My Library team* or create your own team to help document mosquito habitats and identify mosquito types.

By reporting possible mosquito habitats using the GLOBE Observer app, you are helping NASA scientists doing satellite-based research with highly targeted local ground-based observations. You are also helping to make your community safer by getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed. * NASA@ My Library Code: GLIDEVQX

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SciStarter: Resources for Libraries

Libraries are natural hubs for citizen science — public engagement in scientific research — in online, in-person and hybrid contexts.

SciStarter.org is the place to find, join and contribute to science, by providing people access to more than 3,000 searchable formal and informal research projects, events and tools. SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to earn credit for contributions across projects and platforms.  More than 100,000 global citizen scientists are part of the SciStarter community. Find a project using the widget below.

Read SciStarter’s Blog For Ideas and Resources!

On STAR Net‘s STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find over 500 high quality, vetted STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting. So, be sure to check out the Take & Make Collection which currently includes over 10 activities – 5 of which are featured below.

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Additional Resources

Below we have assembled a collection of additional resources that include a book list, printable materials, special websites and more!

Book List
The Cloud Book
Fluffy, Flat and Wet
Rain, Rain, Go Away!
The Weather
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Media Toolkit
Earth As Art Book
NASA Live: Earth Views
NASA Earth Images
Our Planet: EARTH Campaign Logo
Explore Earth Posters
Earth Day Posters
Earth Mission Posters
NASA Earth Poster
Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science
Solar System Ambassadors
NASA Museum Alliance
Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA
NASA Speaker’s Bureau
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Special Websites
NASA Earth Observatory
NASA Earth
Earth Day Network
NASA’s Climate Portal
NASA’s Eyes on the Earth
Video Collection
The Earth in 4K
Underwater Eco-Adventure
Sting of Climate Change
NASA Explorers – Cryo Kids
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