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What kinds of coding classes are offered in libraries?

Coding in libraries? Learn about the variety of programming in school and public libraries at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the conference session “Libraries Ready to Code: Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People,” a panel of library experts will share experiences gained through a yearlong look at what’s behind the scenes in coding programs for youth—especially for underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and computer science fields. Panelists will also discuss “computational thinking” and the unique library perspective on successful learning models based on coding concepts.

Image of children using library computers.
Children using library computers.

During the session, coding and library leaders will discuss “Libraries Ready to Code,” a joint partnership between the American Library Association and Google that will investigate the current status of computer programming activities in U.S. public and K–12 libraries. The session takes place on Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, room W105B.

Speakers include Linda Braun, learning consultant for LEO: Librarians & Educators Online, Seattle, Wash.; Joanna Fabicon, children’s librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles, Calif.; Crystle Martin, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Irvine; Hai Hong, K-12 Education Outreach for Google Inc.; and Roger Rosen, senior advisor for the Office for Information Technology Policy of the American Library Association and CEO and president of Rosen Publishing.

Want to attend other policy sessions at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference? View all ALA Washington Office sessions

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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