Inspiring Girls in CS: ALA and NCWIT AspireIT team up to reach more girls through libraries

Three girls working on computers

This post was co-authored by Jennifer Manning, Program Director, AsprielIT Partnerships, NCWIT, and Marjike Visser, Associate Director at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. It is the last of our #CSEdWeek series. 2017 CS Education Week was full of opportunity to showcase library coding programs and activities focused on inspiring girls to be involved with computer science from the National ... Read More »

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 »

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 Code.org 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 »

Apply for the ALA Policy Corps by November 3

Maine State Librarian Linda Lord

This is a guest post by Christine Lind Hage, director of Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library and a member of the ALA Policy Corps Working Group. She is a past president of the Public Library Association and of United for Libraries. She served on ALA Council for 10 years and is currently a member of the Office for Information Technology ... Read More »