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NATION'S LIBRARIES BRING SPACE RESEARCH DOWN TO EARTH



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington           July 1, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Larra Clark
American Library Association, Chicago
(Phone: 312/280-5043)

RELEASE: 03-225

NATION'S LIBRARIES BRING SPACE RESEARCH DOWN TO EARTH

     Your local library is making room for Space.

NASA and the American Library Association (ALA) have 
partnered to create a one-of-a-kind interactive space 
research exhibit as part of a new program called NASA @ your 
library. The program launched today at the Enoch Pratt Free 
Library in Baltimore. 

NASA @ your library was created to inspire more participation 
at public libraries, raise awareness and encourage interest 
in science. The unique exhibit will tour 120 public libraries 
in five regions across the nation for the next two years. It 
will feature special presentations specifically created to 
expose people of all ages to NASA research in the areas of 
health, home and transportation, agriculture and environment, 
and commerce. 

"Space research plays an integral role in our daily lives. It 
affects many things around us from the foods we eat to 
everyday household products we use. This exhibit will educate 
everyone on the importance and opportunities in space 
research," said Mary Kicza, 
Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Biological and 
Physical Research, Washington. 

The five libraries representing each region of the tour that 
will host the exhibit in its first month include the Enoch 
Pratt Free Library, Baltimore; Johnson County Library, 
Overland Park, Kan.; Lakewood Library, Tacoma, Wash.; 
Northwest Reno Library, Reno, Nev.; and Spartanburg County 
Public Libraries, Spartanburg, S.C. 

The exhibit is self-contained and complete with six desktop 
computers and workspace. The main interactive exhibit 
includes topics on Space Shuttle operations, living, working 
and conducting space research on board the International 
Space Station, and information on future aerospace 
activities. Apple Computer, Inc. is contributing 36 new "Way 
Cool Flat Screen" computers to the exhibit and funding the 
movement of the exhibit throughout the U.S.

NASA @ your library is part of The Campaign for America's 
Libraries, a multi-year public education effort sponsored by 
the ALA to speak loudly and clearly about the value of 
libraries and librarians in the 21st century. The campaign is 
designed to showcase the unique and vital role played by 
public, school, academic and special libraries across the 
United States. NASA is the latest founding partner in the 
campaign. Invitations to participate in the program were sent 
to over 16,000 public libraries throughout the U.S. Libraries 
are being selected to participate in the tour based on 
criteria established by the ALA. 

"The NASA @ your library program is a wonderful example of 
how libraries have become modern community centers for 
information, education and entertainment," added ALA 
President Carla Hayden, executive director of the Enoch Pratt 
Free Library. "With this new partnership, ALA is also able to 
further spread the message that libraries play a critical 
role in making information accessible to all people, 
regardless of age, race, income or background."

As part of the program, libraries will be given a stipend to 
enhance their book/electronic resources and collections, and 
will host various social and academic activities of their 
choice. ALA, to engender interest in International Space 
Station research through reading lists, information on 
careers, and other space-related activities, also has created 
a new web site. You can find the information on the Internet 
at:

www.ala.org/nasa

www.ala.org/alsc

www.ala.org/@yourlibrary


Additional information about NASA can be found on the 
Internet at:

www.nasa.gov



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