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7 sessions + 1 party = Washington Office at Midwinter 2017

What do Google, Inc., the Harvard School of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health and the Lakeview (Okl.) Elementary School have in common?

If you guessed “the Washington Office lineup at Midwinter 2017,” you were right! Our sessions cover topics ranging from computer science education to professional development to family engagement in libraries. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of events below. Note: if you plan to participate one of the CS sessions on Friday, please pre-register to ensure there will be enough laptops – and Google goodies! – for everyone.

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Join us for a final conference farewell to Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff, who retires in May

Finally, please join the ALA Washington Office in celebrating Emily Sheketoff’s 17 years of lobbying chutzpah with and for libraries in a reception on Sunday, January 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center (International Ballroom A-C). We’ll provide light fare and beverages, and invite you to share well wishes at Emily’s last ALA conference as she retires as executive director of the Washington Office. At 11:45 a.m., people will have the opportunity to share their recollections about Emily and libraries. Please RSVP to Ros Bradley ( as soon as possible.




Libraries Ready To Code: Google’s CS First program & other free resources
Friday, 1:00-2:20 and 2:40-4:00 p.m. (offered twice); pre-registration recommended

  • Tina Ornduff, Program Manager, Engineering Education, Google
  • Hai Hong, Program Manager, Google K-12 Education Outreach, Google Education, Google Inc.
  • Marijke Visser, ALA OITP

Improving Federal and State Policy to Support Family Engagement in Libraries (joint program with PLA)
Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Scott Allen, Deputy Director, American Library Association, Public Library Association
  • Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Public Library Association/ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
  • Margaret Caspe Klein, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Johanna Pringle, Title V Senior Manager, Georgia Department of Public Health

Are libraries ready to code?
Saturday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Linda Braun, Consultant
  • Kelsey Gourd, Teacher Librarian, Lakeview Elementary School
  • Marijke Visser, Associate Director Office for Information Technology Policy

‘I wish someone had taught me to’: An interactive session for children and youth librarians
Sunday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. to noon (offered twice)

  • Dr. Mega Subramaniam, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Tammy Clegg, Assistant Professor, College of Education, University of Maryland.
  • Amanda Waugh, Doctoral Candidate, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

Google Fiber libraries:Infrastructure and digital inclusion
Sunday 1:00-2:30 p.m.

  • Fabiola Charles Stokes (moderator): Google Fiber Community Impact Manager
  • Frank Blair: Director of Technology and Operations, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Emma Hernandez: Digital Inclusion Fellow, San Antonio Public Library
  • Shauna Edson: Digital Inclusion Fellow, Salt Lake City Public Library
  • Daynise Joseph: Community Impact Manager, Nashville Public Library
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Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is an assistant director of Communications at ALA's Washington Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri. Before joining the ALA in 2016, Shawnda worked as press secretary and local media organizer for the national advocacy group Bread for the World.

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