Author Archives: Shawnda Hines

Coding in Arkansas Public Libraries

Patrons using library computers

Guest post by Amber Gregory, Coordinator of E-Rate Services at the Arkansas State Library, which uses funds provided by an IMLS LSTA grant to train librarians to facilitate coding programs. Coding and computer science are a priority in Arkansas, and public libraries are working alongside schools to bring coding opportunities to youth of our state. Many Arkansas public libraries offer coding ... Read More »

Inspiring library staff and your community: CS Ed Week in Paducah, KY

children's hands playing a board game

Guest post by Susan Baier, Director of McCracken County Public Library (Paducah, KY), a Libraries Ready to Code grant recipient. Along with Youth Services Librarian Lea Wentworth, Baier is implementing the Next Level! Coders Club for middle and high school students.  Getting your staff and your community excited about computer science is a critical factor in the success of your library’s coding ... Read More »

Makers2Mentors: CS Ed Week in Homer, AK

Guest post by Claudia Haines, Youth Services Librarian at Homer Public Library, a Libraries Ready to Code grant recipient. She’s at the helm of Homer Public Library’s year-long initiative called Makers2Mentors, which is embedding computational thinking and computer science in the culture of the library. In December, days can be cold and dark in Homer, Alaska. This morning, rain and snow ... Read More »

It’s CS Ed Week 2017: Get ready for The Hour of Code

A classroom full of children lifting their computer coding certificates

Note: This post, contributed by President Alice Steinglass, is the first in a series of District Dispatch posts during CS Education Week 2017, December 4-10, 2017. In the last few decades, technology has revolutionized libraries and research. But, when I learn to search for something on the internet, what is actually happening? Where did that information come from? How ... Read More »

Librarians comment on Education Department priorities

Sign in front of LBJ Dept of Ed building in Washington, DC

The American Library Association and librarians across the country submitted comments to the Department of Education (ED) in response to its 11 proposed priorities. The priorities, standard for a new administration, are a menu of goals for the ED to use for individual discretionary grant competitions. Over 1,100 individual comments were filed with the ED, including several dozen from the ... Read More »