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Happy birthday, GPO Access Act: 25 years of online government info

June 8, 2018, is a significant anniversary for public access to government information: it’s 25 years since the enactment of the Government Printing Office (GPO) Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993, or the GPO Access Act for short. While it’s not a household name, it was a foundational law…

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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…

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YX Librarians to present at ALA Annual: Bridging the Tech Knowledge Gap

Heather Thompson, Shannon Lake, Jennifer Ilardi, and Rachel McDonald are a few of the innovative children’s and teen librarians who are part of the inaugural cohort of YX Librarians, a post-graduate certificate program offered by the University of Maryland. Alongside with their instructor, Dr. Mega Subramaniam, and ALA Washington Office’s…

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Washington Office at Annual 2018: A policy update and a copyright game

ALA’s Washington Office is gearing up for the Annual 2018 Conference (June 21-26). Our lineup includes policy-related sessions as well as a full Libraries Ready to Code youth and technology track. We hope you’ll click on the links and add these sessions to your 2018 Annual scheduler! National Policy and Libraries:…

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Ready to Code school library connects coding to mentoring

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Belmar Elementary School (BES) started its first-ever computer science club, Coding Connects BES, which connected coding to mentoring. BES 4th-8th grade students attended a weekly coding club that focuses on their personal interests, including video game design, fashion and music. Once the students were…

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