Tuesday, March 24, 2015

STAR Library Education Network (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Survey

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The Space Science Institute’s (SSI) National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), and the Afterschool Alliance is continuing the broad implementation of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR stands for Science-Technology Activities and Resources). 
This National Science Foundation-funded project provides public libraries with interactive exhibits for multiple age groups and library staff training (online and in‐person) on the STEM content of the exhibits, guides staff in developing complementary programming, and helps staff implement outreach activities. The STAR_Net lead partners are not-for-profit institutions and organizations.
The survey will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes and can be accessed here: https://cuboulder.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a3RoGibMjnWD9Ax
This survey will assess the current state of STEM programming in public libraries across the country. It will identify key needs, opportunities, and barriers to providing an effective, informal STEM learning program in a library setting. It will also assess the types of professional training that library staff feel are most valuable. The STAR_Net team is also interested in learning whether there are setting-specific conditions that need to be addressed for a library staff training program to be successful, and if so, are these conditions universal and transferable across different sites? Lastly, it will provide important data on how libraries plan to collaborate with STEM organizations as part of their STEM program development plans.
STAR_Net’s objectives for the survey are educational and non-profit in nature. The results will be shared at the Public Libraries & STEM Conference, to be held in August 2015, and widely disseminated following the conference. By sharing these results, the STAR_Net team intends to inform the collaborative efforts of public libraries, funders, STEM organizations, and researchers and evaluators in providing STEM learning experiences at public libraries. The data collected through this survey will be kept confidential to protect the identities of those participating.
Direct all questions and concerns to:

Jim Hakala, Senior Educator, University of Colorado Museum
The STAR_Net Team

Shared by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team