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YX librarians at MidWinter 2018: Confidence and facilitation is key for youth tech programs

Shannon Lake, Tori Ogawa, and Heather Thompson are a few of the outstanding and innovative librarians who are part of the inaugural cohort of YX Librarians, a post-graduate certificate program offered by the University of Maryland. Alongside one of their instructors, Dr. Mega Subramaniam, these front-line librarians will discuss implementing new technology programs for and with today’s youth. In their presentation, they will discuss the importance of building confidence when executing tech-infused programs and incorporating youth voice into planning and implementation processes. 

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YX Librarians present Confidence and Facilitation is Key: Infusing Technology into Youth Programs on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

The YX Librarians will share ways to run tech-infused programs and address how reaching out to the youth and community can make this possible, even when individuals aren’t technology experts. Attendees of this presentation will learn about a replicable program that integrates unplugged and high tech activities to teach youth how to code in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. They will additionally learn K-5 activities that teach the fundamentals of coding without the use of computers, as well as how to blend high and low tech into one program with Sphero robots. Attendees of Confidence and Facilitation is Key will walk away with a toolkit of ideas and examples to facilitate rich youth technology programs at their own libraries.

Come see the YX Librarians present Confidence and Facilitation is Key: Infusing Technology into Youth Programs on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the Colorado Convention Center, Rm 104.

Interested in becoming part of the next cohort of YX librarians? This online post-masters certificate gives youth service librarians and school librarians the skills they need to integrate the latest research on learning, technology, community partnerships, and design thinking into their practice with youth ages 0-18. Applications are being accepted through February 28th, 2018. More information can be found at:

About the Presenters:

Shannon Lake is the Teen Educator/Librarian at Providence Public Library.

Tori Ogawa is a Children’s Librarian and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellow at Darien Library.

Heather Thompson is the Youth Services Programming Librarian at the Kenosha Public Library and co-creator of the blog

Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

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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.

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