Science Librarianship and Social Justice

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship recently published a three-part series about science librarianship and social justice. Each part includes a short discussion of foundational, intermediate, and advanced concepts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How public libraries are seeding America’s gardens

Read the full story at Eater. See also the University of Illinois Library’s Seed Libraries Research Guide. If you live in the Champaign-Urbana area, check out the Urbana Free Library’s Seed Exchange.

Seed sharing at public libraries date back to at least 2010, and while no one tracks just how such programs many there are across the, but it’s likely the number has now reached into the hundreds. Many started after the pandemic forced people outside and encouraged them to find ways to be more resilient, especially in how they procure food.

Evanston Public Library’s first annual Blueberry Awards highlight nature, sustainability in children’s literature

Read the full story at the Daily Northwestern.

Slimy insects, invasive species and hidden foxes brought home the prize this week as some of the subjects of Evanston Public Library’s inaugural class of Blueberry Award-winning books.

EPL designated 26 awardees, including one winner and six Blueberry Changemaker honorees, for excellence in ecologically-focused children’s literature intended to strengthen young readers’ connection with nature and encourage stewardship of the environment.

Webinar: Environmental Monitoring and Integrated Pest Management at UIUC

Apr 27, 2022, 10 am CDT
Register here.

Environmental monitoring and integrated pest management (IPM) are two essential aspects of preserving library collections. Attendees will learn how storage environments can impact library materials and the elements of a successful IPM program. We will also cover how to identify pests and mold and what to do when you see them. This session is open to anyone, and is especially geared toward UIUC library staff.

This event is part of Preservation Week 2022. For more information, visit or contact Shelby Strommer (

Using data science to uncover the work of women in science

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

Scientists’ personal papers often offer key insights into a scientist’s goals and character. Without them, digital curator Dr. Elizabeth Harmon must act as a detective.

Why you should use the library as a valuable — free! — resource for cookbooks, kitchen tools and more

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Recently, a subscriber got in touch looking for some recommendations on bread baking cookbooks. As tends to happen, I responded with way too much information, and a pretty substantial reading list. Of course, it was more than anyone would want to buy, especially as a beginner, but since cookbook preference is a matter of personal taste, I suggested he just check out a stack from the library. I mentioned even I forget to hit the online catalogue first when I’m deciding whether to buy a book, especially one published several years back. He said he was the same way.

So let this be my reminder to you, too: If you have yet to avail yourself of all the ways your local library can help you be a better, more inquisitive cook — or simply save you some money — there’s no better time than now (especially with National Library Week kicking off April 4). With many of us cooking at home more than ever, we could all use a little jolt of inspiration and novelty. Or just some escapist reading.

Salt Lake City librarian cares for library’s bees in backyard during rooftop renovations

Read the full story in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Amber Lawvor is taking the Beehive State to heart — and home.

Five ways librarians teach science literacy

Read the full post at Elsevier Connect.

It wasn’t until Kristina Hopkins was in her second year of graduate school at Columbia University in the US that she discovered the databases and tools available to support researchers in their work.

Sandia creates global archive of historical renewable energy documents

Read the full story from Sandia National Laboratories.

Sandia’s solar researchers and librarians have spent the past few years collecting, digitizing and cataloging a host of reports, memos, blueprints, photos and more on concentrating solar power, a kind of renewable energy produced by using large mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver on a tower to generate electricity. These historical research documents are now in a publicly accessible digital archive for other concentrating solar power researchers, historians, corporations and citizens to view.

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area.

What does this program do?
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

What is an eligible area?
Rural areas including cities, villages, townships, and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible for this program.

How may funds be used?
Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

What are the funding priorities?
Priority point system based on population, median household income

  • Small communities with a population of 5,500 or less
  • Low-income communities having a median household income below 80% of the state nonmetropolitan median household income

To learn more and to apply, visit the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program webpage