News from the Field

David Free


Science librarians were well-represented in the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, in cities from coast-to-coast, from the heartlands to the deep south and the far west. The March for Science drew tens of thousands of scientists, science communicators, and science enthusiasts worldwide, with a mission statement that was strictly nonpartisan.

“It was both exhilarating and exhausting in Washington, D.C., where we spent five hours standing in the rain at the foot of the Washington Monument,” said Alison S. Ricker, head of the Science Library at Oberlin College. “Inspiring messages from speakers and good music kept us energized for the eventual march along Constitution Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol. By the time we passed the EPA building, marchers and spectators were full of enthusiasm, shouting ‘fund the EPA!’ and ‘alternative facts have got to go!’”

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