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:
- high-visibility NASA, Earth, celestial, and library events;
- professional development; and
- resource and experience development.
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.
Applications will be accepted for NASA@ My Library between February 1 and March 22, 2017. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 22, 2017. Complete information on the program can be found at https://apply.ala.org/nasalibraries/guidelines.