AfLIA, as the Pan-African Library and Information Association, is driving an environmental literacy initiative to stimulate African libraries, in collaboration with interested groups and stakeholders, to promote the effects of climate change.
The main objectives include to:
Public and academic libraries all over the continent are being called upon to use the month of May 2018 as the Month for Environment Sustainability Initiatives.
Call for Promotional Posters and Video Clips
Librarians and stakeholders who would like to work in collaboration with libraries are encouraged to share and produce posters and video clips that can be used for the campaign.
The best posters and clips will be acknowledged, used, and a plaque will be presented for the winning entry at the AfLIA Library Summit in 2019.
March 25th - Deadline for submission of the promotional posters and video clips.
April 4th - The posters and clips are released and will be used to publicize the programme.
May - a lively month-long focus on climate change.
The Inspiring Science Education programme aims to provide digital resources and opportunities for teachers to help them make science education more attractive and relevant to students’ lives. The summer school programme 2018 is targeted to education authorities, teachers and trainee teachers and run by the European Science Education Academy (ESEA). It features a set of week-long courses, split into two sessions, from 1 to 6 July and from 8 to 13 July and will be held in Attika, Greece.
In the first session, educators will have the option of signing up for four different courses based on their areas of interest. The Mars Mission – Creating a Mission to Mars using a Multidisciplinary Approach – takes participants on a trip to the red planet, where they are introduced to inquiry-based and interdisciplinary learning. Second, Big Ideas of Science, multi-disciplinary teaching Stories of Tomorrow – Storytelling to facilitate students’ deeper learning in STEM – is an innovative course that presents the potential of storytelling in teaching and learning. Third, Open Schools for Open Societies introduces successful learning methods and materials for schools. Lastly, iMuSciCA demonstrates how musical instrument modelling can be used to teach science and mathematics.
The second session is composed of three different summer courses. Go-Lab – Using Online Science Laboratories for Inquiry Learning – introduces teachers to online virtual experiments, remote laboratories and inquiry-based science teaching. The CREATIONS summer school introduces innovative approaches and activities that involve teachers and students in scientific research through creativity and arts. Third, CASE – Creativity, Arts and Science in Primary Education – presents case studies for creative science inquiry, such as theatre, puppetry and narratives.
Through the Inspiring Science Education website and the activities organised by the partners, teachers can also help students make their own scientific discoveries, witness and understand natural and scientific phenomena and access the latest, interactive tools and digital resources from within their classrooms.
Visit the website for more information, for resources and for further information about the upcoming summer schools.
Library outreach, in all its forms, requires that librarians leave their own traditional space, and enter someone else's space. For health librarians wishing to connect with traditionally underserved and hard-to-reach populations, this requires not only learning about and appreciating the cultural differences that may distinguish those populations from the librarian, but also about the many health disparities that are likely to exist.
The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section plans to contribute to the 2018 WLIC theme of "Transform Libraries, Transform Societies" by exploring how health libraries are playing a role in transforming societies. They shall showcase examples of health librarians reaching out to traditionally underserved communities through their work. Within this theme, they also wish to explore and demonstrate alternative ways of measuring impact beyond traditional scholarly metrics.
Note: Deadline for submission of abstracts Friday, February 16, 2018
“Maker Faire Bangkok” is one of south-east Asia’s largest exhibitions of inventions and innovations, organised this year on January 20-21 by the Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Chevron Thailand, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) and other partners.
The first Bangkok Mini Maker Faire was held in 2015; in 2016 it featured 62 exhibits and drew over 3,500 attendees and by 2017 the Faire grew to more than 100 makers, attracting over 4,600 participants. This year the event expanded to become a full Maker Faire featuring workshops, robots, electronics, virtual reality, arts and crafts, the Internet of Things, Smart Farm and an Electric Parade attracted more than 10,000 visitors and makers from across Asia.
The event aims to support the growth of the maker culture in Thailand at the same time as underpinning the foundation for producing quality human resources in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of the Enjoy Science Project - a US $30 million, 5-year, public-private partnership to strengthen Thailand’s competitiveness and innovation by improving STEM education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) across the country.
A comprehensive and well-written article by Matteo Farinella, illustrating that visual narratives are becoming increasingly popular as a tool for science education and communication and have the possibility to engage audiences currently underserved by other mechanisms of science communication.
Matteo combines his scientific expertise in neuroscience with his passion for drawing, producing educational comics, illustrations and animations to review evidence across disciplines and highlight the cognitive mechanisms that may underlie the effects of visual narratives. His article concludes that although evidence suggests that comics have great potential, further empirical studies are required to understand the full effects of comics on learning, engagement and attitude toward science.
Matteo Farinella is currently Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Colombia University, where he investigates the role of ‘visual narratives’ in science communication. Follow his work from his websites Matteo Farinella and Cartoon Science or on Twitter @matteofarinella.
Cancer Care Ontario and the Healthy Aboriginal Network recently published a comic book called ‘Silent Enemy’, which deals with the topic of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery in a delicate but effective manner. Targeted to youth, families and communities the comic intends to raise awareness about the disease, opening a dialogue around an often stigmatised topic.
The 'Healthy Aboriginal Network' (HAN), a Canadian non-profit organization, has been creating posters, video and comic books on health and social issues for youth since 2005. HAN advocates for the creation of knowledge translation tools that youth find comfortable to interact with, rather than text-heavy brochures and websites, which youth are less inclined to read. HAN’s stories broach not only health care (diabetes, sexual and maternal health) but youth in care stories, living with FASD, suicide prevention and financial literacy. Through easily accessible and engaging forms of media, HAN would like Indigenous youth to see that they are not alone with their challenges, that they have choices and better decisions will affect better outcomes.
Download the free e-book ‘Silent Enemy’. For more information about HAN, its comic books and other projects visit the dedicated website and their YouTube channel where the HAN focus group test their draft stories online, with youth and professionals.
Following the success of ‘Bus ConCiencia’, Fundación Ecoscience has promoted another educational project in Chile. Inaugurated in mid-December 2017, the new mobile laboratory ‘Conciencia Magallanes’ is ready to travel into the scientifically fascinating region of Magallanes, the southernmost and second least populated region of the country, that also comprises the Chilean Antarctica.
The mission is to promote an inquiry-based science education for children and schools in this remote and not easily accessible region. The mobile laboratory will support different learning experiences through practical activities and experiments, in order to stimulate enthusiasm for scientific discovery and foster natural curiosity about how the world works. It will also facilitate access to scientific information and materials for teachers, who can subsequently introduce concepts and experiments in their lesson plans.
Magallanes is a privileged area for exploration and scientific global research, from the study of ocean currents to whale communication: the new mobile laboratory will be the means for pupils and students to investigate science, nature and biodiversity and it will also strengthen environmental awareness in young generations.
Watch the launch of the ‘Conciencia Magallanes’ project on Youtube and read the profile of the first initiative ‘Bus ConCiencia’, a travelling laboratory reaching rural schools and remote communities in Chile.
Through educator-led programmes and self-guided activities, NaDEET aims to challenge assumptions about the impact of lifestyle choices and to offer ideas to finding suitable everyday solutions to environmental problems. Work has started work on their latest sustainable education initiative, an urban model house in Swakopmund.
Inside the house visitors will explore issues affecting the average Namibian household in practicing a sustainable lifestyle. In the open plan kitchen/ living room, visitors will discover how this “family” is practicing energy and water efficiency, using alternative resources and managing the household waste. In addition, topics such as nutrition, transport and gardening will be explored by conducting activities and experiments.
Intended visitors: The general public, schoolchildren and tourists
Programmes: Self-guided tour with activity guides, guided tours, school programmes
Potential reach: 8,000 schoolchildren; 5,000 tourist and adult visitors per annum
First classes are expected in early 2018.
NaDEET WILL ALSO APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! With a small start-up grant, they have been able to start with phase one. You are able to join existing NaDEET supporters.
@Berlin2018: an event of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB)* and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes** in cooperation with the Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and Aarhus Public Libraries.
Two Calls for proposals out now:
Interactive Sessions: Next Library® are looking for sessions that involve the participants in new ways! They are trying to encourage the involvement of the public into certain aspects and moments of Next Library® Berlin 2018, feel free to come up with a proposal how members of the public could play a role in an interactive and hands-on session. (This is not a must, but an option, and the organisers will check feasibility together with you. Please see the template for details.)
Submission deadline: 19 January 2018
Send your proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ignite Next Library Talks
“Enlighten us, but make it quick!” is the slogan of Ignite Talks. Next Library® Berlin 2018 will continue the success of the last Next Library® Conferences and do Ignite Talks again. They are an opportunity for Next Library® participants to share innovative projects of international relevance with participants. Do you want to be one of the Igniters?
Submission deadline: 19 January 2018
Send your proposal to: email@example.com
*Central and Regional Library Berlin | **German Federal Cultural Foundation
A Low Carbon Society (LCS) is a challenging task towards sustainable development. Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) was launched during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of 2012 and put into practice in Malaysia in 2013. By the end of 2017 it will have involved a total of 346 schools in the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Iskandar and in the adjacent cities of the Johor state, giving a total engagement of around 34,000 students and 346 teachers.
The main objective of IMELC is to foster LCS awareness among primary students, teachers and their families (public community) through school education, in the Johor state. The project has developed as a fruitful collaboration between the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Johor State Education Department (JPNJ). UTM has offered training sessions on different topics, from carbon reduction through electricity and water saving, renewable energy, recycling and monetary savings, to quality education, informed choices and school-community engagements. It has also been the promoter of various activities such as school projects, exhibitions, teacher trainings, festivals, talks, workshops.
An IMELC workbook has been adapted from the Kyoto 2011 version to match the contents of Malaysian primary school curriculum. It covers a wide range of subjects to create low carbon, climate change and energy conservation awareness among students and to address sustainability issues in Iskandar Malaysia.
IMELC was one of the finalists for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Okayama Award 2017 and has been awarded as ‘Outstanding Flagship Project for Climate Change’ by the United Nations University under the Global RCE Award.
Read more about IMELC.