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Announcing the ALA 2018 MidWinter Washington Office lineup

If you are interested in enhancing your library’s technology* program or in telling your library story to impact federal policies and funding, the Washington Office has a terrific lineup for you at the ALA 2018 MidWinter Meeting and Exhibits. Featured speakers come from StoryCorps, Google, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, as well as from ALA’s Washington Office and libraries of all types around the country. Click on the links below for complete details about each session and – if you have already registered for the conference – add these sessions to your personal schedule.

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Creating Inclusive CS/Coding Programs for Youth
Friday, February 9, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.  How do you design inclusive youth coding programs? Join ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code, Google, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology as we build on your experiences to explore what libraries need to be integral partners in preparing youth to meet career and life challenges. Participate in group discussions after brief opening remarks. Topics include computational thinking, community partnerships, mentoring, implicit bias, and outcomes-based design with a focus on increasing youth participation from groups underrepresented in tech. Bring your imagination and questions to this interactive workshop and leave with concrete steps to add coding to your repertoire.

Libraries Ready to Code from Research to Practice  (Symposium on the Future of Libraries)
Saturday, February 10, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  What does it take to bring a community of researchers, LIS faculty, and practitioners together to learn, design, and implement successful computational thinking (CT) activities for and with youth and families? Find out in this session where the Libraries Ready to Code team describes how a community of learners developed around a common theme of re-envisioning youth librarianship centered around CT. Session participants will practice techniques that seamlessly demonstrate how learning happens through observation and collaboration between stakeholders, partners, and youth.

StoryCorps: How good storytelling can help #FundLibraries
Saturday, February 10, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  With the 2018 federal funding cycle looming, the need for librarians to capture and share their own stories is more important than ever. In this session, StoryCorps Community Training Specialist Maura Johnson will highlight one library’s creative response to the 2017 funding threat and discuss the StoryCorps model for collecting and sharing stories. You’ll learn about good story collection methods and walk away with ideas for how low-cost ways to share your library story with your community.

Building Digital Literacy Skills for Problem Solving and Job Skills Development
Saturday, February 10, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Applied Digital Skills is a free curriculum designed for a blended learning environment to help learners develop life and job skills while building projects using G Suite (like Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.). The curriculum connects digital literacy learning with practical problem solving to develop important job-ready skills. In this session, Google will share information about how you can get started using the curriculum in your library and how other libraries have implemented it in their specific contexts.

Confidence and Facilitation is Key; Infusing Technology into Youth Programs
Sunday, February 11, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Where do I begin? What if I don’t have technology skills? What if I have no or limited budget? These are all questions that run through the minds of youth librarians when asked to implement new technology programs. Hear from front-line librarians who had to answer these same questions in order to successfully facilitate technology programs for youth. Learn how to boost your confidence in implementing tech-infused programs through community partnerships and adding youth voice into the planning and implementation process. Walk away with an arsenal of examples to facilitate youth technology programs at your library.

Late Breaking News from the ALA Washington Office
Monday, February 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  A new session of Congress begins, Congressional leadership roles change, and some decision makers have legislative agendas, but only some have a chance of making it out of the block. Hear what is in store for libraries this year inside the Beltway!

* Note: For more information about coding/technology sessions, please contact Marijke Visser, Associate Director of the Washington Office and ALA project manager for the Libraries Ready to Code program.

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Shawnda Hines is the press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Contact her at shines[at]alawash[dot]org.

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