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Equipping librarians to code: part 2

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 on ensuring pre-service and in-service librarians are prepared to facilitate and deliver youth coding activities that foster the development of computational thinking skills—skills critical for success in education and career. Like Phase 1, this will be a yearlong project and is also supported by Google, Inc.

library professionals demonstrating coding in a public library computer lab
Photo Credit: Los Angeles Public Library

Several of the findings from Phase 1 led us to consider the potential impact of focusing on librarian preparation and professional development could have on increasing the pool of librarians and library staff who have the skills necessary to design and implement coding programs that spark the curiosity and creativity of our young patrons and help them connect coding to their own interests and passions which can be outside of computer science specific domains.

RtC2 will include a carefully selected LIS Faculty cohort of seven that will redesign and then pilot their new tech/media courses at their institutions. Results of the pilot courses will then be synthesized, and course models will be disseminated nationally. Faculty and their students will provide input throughout the project to the project team through faculty documentation, regular virtual meetings, a survey, student products and other outreach mechanisms. An outside evaluator will also work with the project team to identify the impacts of project activities and outcomes. This input will provide content for the final synthesis and recommendations for scaling in other LIS institutions.

Working along with me, the RtC2 project team includes Dr. Mega Subramaniam, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies; Linda Braun, Learning Consultant, LEO: Librarians and Educators Online; and Dr. Alan S. Inouye, Director, OITP. OITP Youth and Technology Fellow Christopher Harris will provide overall guidance throughout the project. Can you tell how excited this makes me?!

Curious? Read the RtC2 Summary.

Are you LIS faculty? You can

  • Read the RtC2 Call for Applications.
  • Attend an in-person information session at the 2017 ALISE conference on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00pm (meet Dr. Subramaniam in the Sheraton Atlanta hotel lobby).
  • Attend a virtual information session on January 27, 2017 at noon EST via Adobe Connect. Please complete this form if you are interested in attending the information session or would like to receive a recording of the session.

Yes, there will be a Libraries Ready to Code Website, where all this and more will live. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact me directly at mvisser@alawash.org.

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

4 Comments

  1. […] Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver coding programs through public and school libraries and foster computational thinking skills among the nation’s youth…” […]

  2. […] Google, Inc., announced a call for Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty to participate in Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver […]

  3. Beatrice Calvert Beatrice Calvert

    How can I take those graduate level coding classes? Are they being offered online?

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