Your Library :: Idea Lab
LIFE. SCIENCE. YOUR LIBRARY...YOUR IDEA LAB
Did you know?
The La Jolla/Riford Library boasts what was quite possibly the first biology lab inside a public library anywhere in the world! On May 25th, at the new space’s grand opening, Congressman Scott Peters bestowed it with a congressional proclamation. As he put it, the lab is “a reflection of the bio-tech industry in La Jolla and makes emerging technology accessible to anybody.”
Hours of Operation:
The bio lab is accessible to registrants from the public during scheduled weekend workshops and by appointment only. The 3D printer lab and memory lab are open whenever a volunteer is present. Check here for information on service hours and upcoming workshops and unleash the citizen scientist in you!
La Jolla Cove Microbial Diversity Project
La Jolla Cove is an iconic swimming beach popular with tourists and locals. Known for its abundant marine mammals, sea birds and fish, and its neighboring busy urban area, the Cove is a microcosm for the complex interactions between humans and wildlife.
Although La Jolla’s marine wildlife is famous, the micro-organisms that populate the water are a mystery. San Diego County routinely tests the water for a small number of bacterial species that are associated with sewage pollution. However, this is certainly just scratching the surface since ocean water is a complex ecosystem with potentially millions of diverse types of bacteria.
The La Jolla Cove Microbial Diversity Project will use cutting edge genomic sequencing technologies to survey every species in the water. We propose to sample water from the Cove and nearby swimming beaches, extract DNA, and use sequencing to understand how the unique biological environment, including the presence of humans and marine mammals, affects the ecosystem. The results of the study will be shared directly with the community through seminars and workshops at the Library.
To support this or other projects at the library's Bio Lab, click here to donate directly to this fund. Please write Bio Lab in the designation field. We thank you for your support!
3D Lab Partners with Cabrillo Monument
Recently the La Jolla Library, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Cabrillo National Monument collaborated on 3D Cabrillo a multifaceted educational resource and experience available to educators both near and far.
Utilizing a special imagining program to create biomodels of many of the prominent organisms found in the Rocky Intertidal Zone of Cabrillo Monument, the participants were able to connect nature and technology. Free downloadable versions of these models are available to the public on their website at the 3D Cabrillo Biomodel Library. These models can be produced on any 3D printer, such as those available through the San Diego public library system.
The goal of this initiative is to highlight the public’s important role in awareness and stewardship of our public lands, a tenant inherent in the very mission of the Park Service. By connecting nature and technology, they look to foster excitement in the next generation of environmental stewards.