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OITP takes over @YALSA for Teen Tech Week #TTW17

Teen Tech Week 2017 logo "Be the Source of Change" catchphrase.

ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) kicks off its annual Teen Tech Week (#TTW17) this Monday. The Office for Information Technology Policy will be participating throughout the week and round it off with a Twitter Takeover on Friday, March 10. This year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, is perfect for the Libraries Ready to Code project. #TTW17 challenges teens ... Read More »

ALA in NYC (Part 2): ‘More than a collection of books’

Brooklyn Public Library, Central

How many times have you heard that phrase? A visit to the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library system proved to make that statement undoubtedly true. I work for ALA, I am a librarian, I worked for a library, I go to my branch library every week, so I know something about libraries. But this visit to this library ... Read More »

Midwinter field trip to Cobb County libraries

% ALA Staff and Pat Ball standing outside Stratton Library

After four days of productive committee meetings and sessions at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the opportunity to see real libraries in action was a welcome change of scenery. Monday afternoon Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) staff (plus me) were given a tour of several libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) hosted by a CCPLS branch ... Read More »

Equipping librarians to code: part 2

library professionals demonstrating coding in a public library computer lab

I know, I know, you just put down Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People, the Libraries Ready to Code final report, and are already saying to yourself, “What’s next?” and “How can I get involved?” Here’s the answer: Today we officially launched Ready to Code 2 (RtC2), Embedding RtC Concepts in LIS Curricula. Building on findings from last year’s work, RtC2 focuses ... Read More »

Financial education resources for library staff

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau logo

In order to better reach consumers and aid them in making financial decisions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) works to identify resources and community partnerships that can help libraries offer financial education programming. Their hope is that public libraries will become a resource for consumers looking for information surrounding their financial decisions. To that end, the CFPB provides libraries ... Read More »