Q: I'm the founder of science literacy week, an event designed to promote the public understanding of science. Held this last September in Toronto, the idea was to communicate the wonder of scientists and the their work through book displays, links to great content, lectures and hands on activities. A link to all the festivities can be found here: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/scienceliteracy
For next year, I'm in the process of trying to turn it into the largest event of its kind in Canada, both through reaching out to institutions nationwide and through broadening the scale and scope of events. Thus far I'm (extremely!) happy to report that over 110 such institutions representing every province and territory have shown early support! The week is scheduled for September 21st-27th of 2015.
One of the main things I'm trying to accomplish is to have a Toronto scaled event in every city in Canada, combining school boards, Universities, public libraries and science organizations to present a comprehensive celebration of science to the public. Be that through similar activities to what we did this past September, or better yet through passion projects and ideas of yours, I would absolutely love to have the SFU library system be a part of this. I hope you see merit in the idea, and I hope to hear from you soon to see if and how we can work to make this the success I know it can be. Until then, thanks for your time and have a lovely rest of the day!
P.S; I'm happy to say that thus far the Vancouver area has been the most participatory in the country with over 15 institutions in the region involved. I hope you'll continue in that tradition
and I hope to hear from you soon!
A: Thanks for your email and sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I'm very interested in science literacy week. Do you have any ideas in the works for 2015? Any thoughts on how this will translate to a national program? Count us in for something. There are a number of science librarians here at SFU and I've spoken to one of them and will share ideas with the others, including the one at the Fraser branch in Surrey. The downtown campus of SFU has no science classes, but I will share info with Belzberg as well.
Jenna Thomson B.Sc., M.L.I.S.
Liaison Librarian for Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Actuarial Science.
W.A.C. Bennett Library
Simon Fraser University