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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 »

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 »

Rethinking education of youth and children’s librarians

library professional explains coding to a young girl in front of a computer

Guest post by Mega Subramaniam and Amanda Waugh* Recent reports from a wide variety of sources including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center (leading researchers on media and young children), and the Young Adult Library Services Association are a clarion call to think differently about the education of youth and children’s librarians. The findings of ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Card Challenge seeks new recruits

IMLS logo

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) are seeking 60 new communities to participate in the second round of the ConnectED Library Card Challenge. The program will expand on the successes from the first round of the program by “documenting successful partnership models and practices, continuing to provide a space for participating communities to ... Read More »

School libraries awarded IAL grants by Department of Education

A student at the ‘Iolani School in Hawaii

School libraries in 26 districts across the country were awarded over $16 million last week in Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants by the Department of Education. The two-year grants target programs designed to improve literacy skills and provide reading materials to students in high-needs schools for grades pre-K through high school. In addition to the 26 school districts receiving ... Read More »