Tag Archives: OITP

Message from Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code

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Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code, has taught computing skills to and inspired more than 10,000 girls across America. At the opening general session of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference this past June, Reshma spoke about Girls Who Code, how they are working to teach 100,000 girls to code by the end ... Read More »

FCC extends Net Neutrality public comment period to August 30

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On Friday, the FCC announced it would extend the public comment period on its proposal to roll back a 2015 order protecting net neutrality for an additional two weeks. This phase of the process is supposed to allow for “replies” to arguments raised by other commenters. With close to 20 million comments in the public record so far, any additional ... Read More »

New report explores rural library technology access

A new report from the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. Broadband tower seen over a field.

A new report from the Office for Information Technology Policy focuses attention on the capacity of rural public libraries to deploy Internet-enabled computing technologies and other resources to meet the needs of their residents. “Rural Libraries in the United States: Recent Strides, Future Possibilities, and Meeting Community Needs” explores nuances of rurality, details challenges rural libraries face in maximizing their ... Read More »

Speak up on Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

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Today, ALA joins close to 200 organizations participating in a Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality. Websites, internet users and online communities are coming together to sound the alarm about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s attack on net neutrality. You can add your voice to a growing and powerful chorus. ALA and America’s libraries believe protecting and preserving the ... Read More »

Ready to Code Faculty get ready to go at ALA Annual!

6 Ready to Code Faculty Fellows and 4 project team members stand in a line in front of a Google backdrop

During ALA’s recent Annual Conference in Chicago, Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) Faculty Fellows and Phase II project team met in person for the first time and for a full day and a half workshop during ALA’s Annual Conference in June. The purpose: to get deep into defining computational thinking in a way that resonates with the library community, parsing ... Read More »