White House highlights Libraries Ready to Code for CSEdWeek

children coding at a table in a library

Los Angeles Public Library Coder Time

Marking the first day of Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), today the White House issued a Fact Sheet: A Year of Action Supporting Computer Science for All celebrating the past year’s progress and announcing new actions in support of #CSForAll. Federal agencies like the Department of Education and the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as national and local organizations are creating new or expanding current CS programs for youth. These efforts make a significant statement about the importance of all youth – regardless where they live, what school they attend, or where and when they choose to learn –  having access to CS, coding and programs that promote computational thinking skills.

On libraries, from the Fact Sheet (pdf):
“A broad range of organizations are responding to the President’s call to action by taking specific steps during CSEdWeek 2016 to help more students get exposure to computer science”:

American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy will release a new video demonstrating how libraries advance CS opportunities for youth for CSEdWeek 2016. Later this month, ALA is releasing the Ready to Code: Connecting Youth to CS Opportunity through libraries summary research report on CS education in library settings, sharing best practices and recommendations for increasing the pool of libraries providing activities that foster computational thinking skills.”

We are taking small but significant steps toward building excitement around Libraries as institutions committed to providing access to coding activates, increasing opportunities for youth to explore opportunities and interests enhanced through coding. Many libraries across the country are already Ready to Code. Is yours?

Follow OITP throughout the week @youthandtech #ReadytoCode and #CSForAll to share what you’re doing to be Ready to Code. Join the Thursday TweetChat from 3:00-4:00 eastern. We want to hear from you!

About Marijke Visser

As associate director and senior policy advocate, Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate. In addition, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology.

2 comments

  1. I’m looking for information on whether a school librarian who has learned coding is certified to teach it in Pennsylvania on the secondary level as a stand-alone course, or whether it can only be implemented as part of a library science class. The school librarian CSPG 48 certification code does not specificially address teaching coding, the way that a business education or secondary math certification indicates that the teacher is certified to teach coding. This might be something that ALA wants to consider as they entice more librarians into getting students interested in coding.

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