CATALOG OF LIFE PROJECT
Bugs beware! We want you and more importantly; we want your DNA. Hundreds of “citizen scientists” are out on the prowl for creepy crawlers that you don’t want to find in your bed! As part of a worldwide science project, the San Diego Public Library is participating in the Catalog of Life project. A project that will help scientists identify different species all over the planet. Check out this video as our branch manager, Shaun Briley, explains it to our local ABC News channel. Then head into the library to pick up your free Bug Kit. Return it like you would any book and help scientists map the DNA, and if necessary, add it to the International Barcode of Life. For more information, click here.
One of the FIRST MEMORY LABs ON THE WEST COAST!
Unless you are a millennial, you probably have a room full of old media files: audiocassettes, floppy disks and videotapes of varying decades…remember Beta? If you do, then we can help you organize those obsolete formats into the new digital age. Funded by a $10,000 grant from Las Patronas, a local philanthropic group, the Memory Lab, which is part of the History Room on the second floor, was opened on April 1st to much fanfare and Press. See NY Times, San Diego Tribune, and La Jolla Light coverage.
The Lab’s hours are determined by volunteers, but you can call and reserve your spot anytime. (858-552-1657) A helpful assistant will guide you through the process of digitizing your old media into modern files that can be readily accessed and preserved.