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Applications for Libraries Ready to Code grants now open

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Those of you who signed up for email updates for the Libraries Ready to Code grant program got a sneak peak of the application last Friday. Today, it’s out for the world! Check out the Libraries Ready to Code website for all the details you’ll need to apply. We are accepting applications now through August 31, 2017. Libraries interested in ... Read More »

ALA comments filed at the FCC

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Today, ALA continues the fight for an open internet for all. In comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ALA questions the need to review current net neutrality rules and urges regulators to maintain the strong, enforceable rules already in place. “Network neutrality is all about equity of access to information, and thus of fundamental interest to libraries,” said ... Read More »

Ready to Code Faculty get ready to go at ALA Annual!

6 Ready to Code Faculty Fellows and 4 project team members stand in a line in front of a Google backdrop

During ALA’s recent Annual Conference in Chicago, Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) Faculty Fellows and Phase II project team met in person for the first time and for a full day and a half workshop during ALA’s Annual Conference in June. The purpose: to get deep into defining computational thinking in a way that resonates with the library community, parsing ... Read More »

Congratulations to Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser speaking about e-rate on a panel at ALA's National Library Legislative Day in 2017.

I had a great experience at the recent Conference in Chicago hope you did, too. There is such positive energy being amongst thousands of library folks dedicated to advancing services in their respective communities, the library profession and ALA. A particular highlight for me was announcing Marijke Visser’s promotion to Associate Director and Senior Policy Advocate at the Friday meeting ... Read More »

Libraries across the U.S. are Ready to Code

From left to right: Jessie 'Chuy' Chavez of Google, Inc. with Marijke Visser and Alan Inouye of ALA's OITP at the Google Chicago office.

This post was originally published on Google’s blog The Keyword. Emily Zorea is not a computer scientist. She’s a Youth Services Librarian at the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center, Wisconsin, but when she noticed that local students were showing an interest in computer science (CS), she started a coding program at the library. Though she didn’t have a CS ... Read More »