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Washington Office at Annual 2018: Libraries #Ready to Code

Headlined by ALA’s Libraries #Ready to Code cohort and team leaders, the youth and technology track at Annual 2018 will offer guidance on how to launch or enhance computer science (CS) programming at your library.

Don’t miss the beta release party for the Libraries Ready to Code Collection on Friday evening (5:30-7:00), June 22, at the interactive Google space on the conference exhibit floor (#4029), where you can preview and give your expert librarian feedback on the beta Collection.

Libraries Ready to Code: From Concept to Program
Friday, June 22, 2018 (1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), Room 210
Speakers: Ready to Code leadership team – Nicky Rigg, Google; Dr. Mega Subramaniam, University of Maryland; and Marijke Visser, ALA Washington Office. Ready to Code Cohort members – Alexa Lalejini and Connor McNamara, Clarkston (Mich.) Independence District Library; Dr. Joe Sanchez, Queens College; Dr. Collette Drouillard, Valdosta (Ga.) State University; and Eric Carlson, White Plains (N.Y.) Public Library.

The Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) cohort of thirty school and public libraries implemented youth coding programs that foster computational thinking skills, with a special focus on reaching diverse youth underrepresented in tech fields. Join the RtC cohort and the RtC team as they share highlights and low points of the journey to move from concepts to programs that inspire youth. Get an overview of the RtC initiative and the newly-released beta version of the Libraries Ready to Code Collection from the RtC leadership team and then participate in small group discussions about the beta Collection with the library staff who developed it. To help you design and implement a program tailored to the needs of your community, participate in up to eight conversation stations covering aspects of the Collection from testing resources to recruiting volunteers to incorporating the youth voice.

Libraries Ready to Code: The Inside Scoop
Saturday, June 23, 2018 (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.), Room 278
Speakers: Ready to Code leadership team – Linda Braun, ALA learning consultant; Nicky Rigg, Google; Dr. Mega Subramaniam, University of Maryland; and Marijke Visser, ALA Washington Office.

Join the RtC team for a deep dive into the beta Collection that will be released during the conference. Take a virtual tour of the new resource, which is based on the programs and experiences of the 30 school and public RtC libraries. Learn more about the participating libraries and the programs they designed, including challenges and successful strategies for creating and facilitating a CS program. RtC cohort members at each table will lead focus groups to collect your input and feedback on the beta Collection to incorporate in the finished product, which will be available Fall 2018.

In addition to these Libraries Ready to Code sessions, join us for other events sponsored by the ALA Washington Office, including Bridging the Tech Knowledge Gap with Dr. Mega Subramaniam from the University of Maryland, and LEAP into Science with speakers from The Franklin Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project.

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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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