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#TTW17 recap, upcoming conferences and more

Mr. Nick Minchin, Australian Consul-General, speaking at a recent Library For All reception.

Hi all. Well, I have accumulated a number of items and so figured it was time for a little update. I would like to begin with YALSA’s Teen Tech Week, which just concluded. We had a big push on coding-related activities and a highlight was a segment on the news in Detroit on WXYZ-TV (the ABC affiliate). It is great; ... Read More »

2017 Google Policy Fellowship announced

Google Policy Fellowship graphic

The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) was a founding participant of the program back in 2008. For the summer of 2017, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., ... Read More »

The Tessera: a ghost story to spark computational thinking

dark room with chest of drawers and old typewriter holding paper

Inspire yourself and your teens to try something new during Teen Tech Week. Today’s guest post for #TTW17 comes from the team that designed The Tessera, an Alternative Reality Game (ARG) that introduces computational thinking concepts and computer history to teen players who solve challenges to defy the chaos triggered by the sinister “S.” by Elizabeth Bonsignore, Katie Kaczmarek, Kari ... Read More »

Google: libraries get youth excited about CS

adult man with young boy sitting at computer monitor at a desk in a library with bookshelves in background

As part of our participation in Teen Tech Week, today we are pleased to share a post about our collaboration with Google on Libraries Ready to Code. This post by Hai Hong, a Computer Science Education Program Manager at Google, introduces the partnership between ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Google to equip librarians with the skills, support, ... Read More »

Teen Tech Week: computational literacy

Closeup of child's hands on a laptop keyboard, display shows some sort of coding program

Today we kick of Teen Tech Week with a guest post by OITP Youth & Technology Fellow, Chris Harris. Chris is the director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in rural western New York. Read further to build your understanding and appreciation of “computational thinking.” Follow #readytocode and #TTW17 for posts throughout the week. What ... Read More »