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#ReadytoCode: What’s next

On the heels of the release of our beta Ready to Code Collection   at the ALA Annual conference last week, the project team and Ready to Code library cohort are  switching gears! This summer, we’ll move from concept development to fine-tuning the Collection for a final launch this fall. We invite you to take some time to peruse the beta website and tell us what you think.

The beta release is the culmination of 8 months of work by 28 school and public libraries. These RtC libraries built a community of practice through highly engaged, ongoing collaboration- sharing the highs and lows of their Ready to Code programs; developing materials, testing and evaluating coding resources; and meeting virtually each week. The RtC Collection is based on all of these experiences as well as data and observations gathered by the RtC team through surveys, focus groups, site visits, weekly feedback, and artifacts developed by the libraries. While we’re seeking feedback between now and August, the cohort will continue to develop materials for the final Collection.

We’re also thrilled to announce the formation of our Ready to Code Task Force. The Task Force will be working with the RtC team over the next year:

“to develop and execute an action plan that will allow the dissemination of the Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiatives among school, children, and youth librarians by leveraging current and proposed initiatives within the youth divisions in ALA (ALSC, AASL, and YALSA), and will determine strategies, projects, and products within the current or existing division priorities where RtC can be incorporated (from the charge, June 2018).”

The Task Force consists of faculty from graduate programs in library science and practicing librarians in school and public libraries. With this composition, we’ll continue our efforts to connect with both pre- and in-service librarians and staff.

Task Force members include:

  • Dr. Danilo M. Baylen (ALSC) Professor, University of West Georgia
  • Megan Burton (YALSA) STEM and Learning Supervisor, Kitsap Regional Library (WA)
  • Joanna Fabicon (ALSC) Senior Librarian for Children’s Services, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Kelly Hincks (AASL) Lower School Librarian, Detroit County Day School (MI)
  • Ryan Moniz (YALSA) Community Librarian Markham Public Library (Ontario)
  • Dr. Daniella Smith (AASL) Associate Professor University of North Texas
  • Dr. Mega Subramaniam (Chair) Associate Professor, University of Maryland, and Ready to Code Fellow

Ready to Be Involved with #ReadytoCode? Here’s what you can do.

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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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