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april 22


The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. This year, reports indicate more than one billion people from 195 countries participated in Earth Day activities focusing on education, public policy, and consumer efforts. Earth Day 2017 coincided with the first March for Science, a celebration and call to action to promote the importance of science and to encourage education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and communities. 

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the launch of Earth Day, the Network is striving to broaden the definition of “environment” to include issues that affect health and communities, such as greening schools and jobs, and promoting activism to eliminate air and water pollution – all based on science!

This past Saturday, I was glad to have the opportunity to participate in this important day in conjunction with my local AAUW Tech Savvy event. Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) conference designed to attract middle school girls into STEM careers. Our keynote speaker encouraged participants to keep asking why? It was educational and a blast…! 

-|- Doctor for a Day -|- Water Quality Matters  -|- 

-|- Did you say bone saw?? -|- Hooray for Science! -|- 


occupy the syllabi

the white male canon is not sufficient for theorizing the lives of marginalized people…


count the readings authored by white males and those authored by the majority of humanity. then ask yourself: are your identities and the identities of people you love reflected on these syllabi? whose perspectives and life experiences are excluded? is it really worth it to accumulate debt for such an epistemically poor education?

advocacy @ your library

hawai‘i library association (hla) was founded in 1922. it aims to:

  • to promote library service and the profession in hawai‘i
  • to promote the continued improvement of hawai‘i libraries
  • to support hawai‘i librarians in their professional roles
  • to promote the participation of hawai‘i librarians and libraries in regional, national, and global arena

several hundred librarians, library students, and others gathered for the fall conference in honolulu on december 5 & 6. the theme was advocacy – assessment, campaigns, coalitions, collaboration, communication, fundraising, outreach, social media, etc. 

american library association (ala) president courtney young started us off with a lively talk – and shared some of her conference experiences on twitter.

patty wong, yolo county librarian/archivist, gave the second keynote with 10 important ideas about advocacy


concurrent sessions offered participants an opportunity to actively explore many issues of interest including community engagement, consortia, hawaiian knowledge, instruction, makerspaces, and preservation. exhibitors showed off their products and library and information science (lis) students organized a silent auction to fundraise for scholarships! in between formal sessions, there was time to enjoy excellent food and catch up with friends. to close, we gathered in a circle to listen to auntie puanani burgess‘s inspiring words. mahalo nui loa organizers, presenters, and participants for an outstanding conference!

hla friendscheck out more photos on flickr


this fall, mit media lab hosted their first hacking arts festival to explore the intersection of arts, entertainment, technology and entrepreneurship involving lots of creative types – artists, designers, musicians, students, etc.


many fun sessions emerged featuring music, fashion, film, food, and more! check out the fantastic fermentophone, a multi-sensory installation in which an algorithmically generated musical composition is performed by living cultures of bacteria and yeast.




according to wikipedia, the term weblog was coined by jorn barger on 17 december 1997. the short form, blog, was coined by peter merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in 1999. shortly thereafter, evan williams at pyra labs used blog as both a noun and verb (to blog, meaning to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog) and devised the term blogger in connection with pyra labs’ blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.

web logs (blogs) have been popular in many contexts for decades. the function as open journals. some are very specific, others more general. they afford flexibility to share ideas of all sorts. content + network. there are hundreds of millions of blogs: personal, organizational, mixed-media, photo, video (vlog), micro, etc.

blogging facilitates literacy, or the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.

blogs are components of learning communities. according to a recent study of 100 academic blogs in the uk, usa, canada, and australia, bloggers mainly share ideas of interest to peers – 73% of content was geared for other academics, while 38% was for interested professional readers.  in terms of content, 41% focus on academic cultural critique (e.g., comments funding and policy), 40% on research, and other topics (e.g., academic practice, tech help, career advice, etc.). our ideas are open for review, critique, exchange  and extension.


why can’t they dance?

privilege may be defined as any unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of one’s identity. examples of aspects of identity that can afford privilege include: race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, class/wealth, ability and citizenship you’re committed to social justice, it is important to be aware of and regularly check your own privilege — because systemic oppression hurts everyone.

aamer rahman’s thoughtful piece serves as an entertaining reminder.

make your soul grow

kurt vonnegut library

Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow. — Kurt Vonnegut