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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 »

ALA celebrates World Wi-Fi Day

Michael Petricone stands with Rep Darrell Issa

Among all their other functions in our communities, libraries are critical spaces for people to access the internet, and they are increasingly doing so wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Virtually all public libraries in the U.S. provide Wi-Fi to patrons. By doing so, libraries serve as community technology hubs that enable digital opportunity and full participation in the nation’s economy. Wi-Fi is ... Read More »

Librarian speaks with Rep. Eshoo at net neutrality roundtable

“There’s nothing broken about existing net neutrality rules that needs to be fixed,” opined Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) at a roundtable she convened in her district to discuss the impacts of the policy and the consequences of gutting it. Director of the Redwood City Public Library Derek Wolfgram joined Chris Riley, director of Public Policy at Mozilla; Gigi Sohn, former ... Read More »

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Libraries #ReadytoCode

children around a teacher and computer in library

Are you tracking what’s going on with coding in libraries? OITP’s Libraries #ReadytoCode initiative is in full swing and if you haven’t heard, you can find out more in Chicago. The Ready to Code team is building off our Phase I project report to address some of the recommendations on support, resources and capacity school and public libraries need to ... Read More »

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Report from the swamp

photo of a swamp - lots of trees in a muddy pond

“We live in interesting times” has never been truer in the realm of national policy and libraries. There are a lot of headlines in the news, but what’s going on specifically with respect to library interests? How can we separate the wheat from the policy chaff? And what’s happening —or likely to happen—in the swamp that’s not widely reported? Report from ... Read More »