Author Archives: Marijke Visser

Concerns about FCC E-rate letter on fiber broadband deployment

While we anticipated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would take a look at its Universal Service Fund (USF) programs once Chairman Pai was in place, we did not anticipate the speed at which moves to review and evaluate previous actions would occur. After the Commission retracted the “E-rate Modernization Report,” our E-rate ears have been itching with concern that our ... Read More »

Call for applications: Ready to Code Faculty Fellows

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The call for participation in OITP’s Ready to Code Phase II (RtC) is open now. In partnership with the University of Maryland’s iSchool and with support from Google, Inc., we are seeking full-time faculty members of ALA accredited graduate schools of Library and Information Science or graduate schools that provide school library certification programs in the U.S. to become RtC Faculty ... Read More »

Developing librarian resources to enhance patrons’ digital literacy

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Guest post by Jessica Vitak Applying for jobs, social services, or food stamps. Obtaining health care. Filing taxes. Each of these tasks requires digital skills to transmit sensitive and private information about one’s finances, health, and location in a safe and secure manner through the Web. However, many low-SES individuals face compounding problems: they must use the Web or other ... Read More »

Equipping librarians to code: part 2

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I know, I know, you just put down Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People, the Libraries Ready to Code final report, and are already saying to yourself, “What’s next?” and “How can I get involved?” Here’s the answer: Today we officially launched Ready to Code 2 (RtC2), Embedding RtC Concepts in LIS Curricula. Building on findings from last year’s work, RtC2 focuses ... Read More »

2016 was an awesome year – for libraries that code

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As we start 2017 with a little trepidation of the unknown here in D.C., I am very pleased to be able to say 2016 was an awesome year for OITP’s Libraries Ready to Code project. Only a few things make me happier than talking about opportunities for kids to be excited about learning (and if libraries are involved, even better), ... Read More »