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Computing in libraries: Funding open for AspireIT summer program

This is a guest post from Jennifer Manning, Program Director of AspireIT Partnerships at the National Center for Women & Information Technology, which works with the ALA Washington Office’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative and NCWIT AspireIT to connect young women program leaders to public libraries to design and implement coding programs for K-12 girls in an exciting pilot project.

If you missed the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) “Overview for AspireIT Partner Organization” webinar, never fear! There’s another chance to find out everything you need to make sure your library can participate during the 2018 summer round:

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The ALA Washington Office’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative and NCWIT AspireIT are partners in connecting young women program leaders to public libraries to design and implement coding programs for K-12 girls in an exciting pilot project.

We’re holding a second webinar on Friday, February 16 at 1:00 (ET). Join us via Zoom for a Q&A session with more information on being an AspireIT Partner organization.

NCWIT has a wide network of young women leaders who are looking for a partner organization to help them host a computer science program and inspire more young people to give coding a try. At NCWIT we’re excited to work with local libraries and hope to see more join with us this year.

If you can’t attend the webinar, you can find the recording and slide deck from ythe webinar online as well as some other direct links to get you started in finding a leader for your library. These links are also available through AspireIT.
Check out the application tools:

Express interest in the summer program:
Fill out this form, or look here to see if you are already listed.

Apply for alliance membership:
All partner organizations must be members of an NCWIT alliance. It is free to become a member. K-12 Organizations: Apply for the K-12 Associate Alliance here.

If you have any additional questions – or want to be sure to receive information about next year’s Aspirations in Computing Award – email us at AspireIT@ncwit.org.

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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