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Washington Office Midwinter Sessions 2018

Friday, February 9, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Title: Creating inclusive CS/coding programs for youth

  • Marijke Visser- Associate Director ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
  • Jennifer Manning- NCWIT AspireIT Partnerships Program Director
  • Nicky Rigg – CS Education Program Manager, Google

How do you design inclusive youth coding programs?. Join ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code, Google, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology as we build on your experiences to explore what libraries need to be integral partners in preparing youth to meet career and life challenges. Participate in group discussions after brief opening remarks. Topics include computational thinking, community partnerships, mentoring, implicit bias, and outcomes-based design with a focus on increasing youth participation from groups underrepresented in tech. Bring your imagination and questions to this interactive workshop and leave with concrete steps to add coding to your repertoire.

Saturday, February 10, 3 to 4 p.m.
Title: Building Digital Literacy Skills for Problem Solving and Job Skills Development
Applied Digital Skills is a free curriculum designed for a blended learning environment to help learners develop life and job skills while building projects using G Suite (like Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.). The curriculum connects digital literacy learning with practical problem solving to develop important job-ready skills. In this session, Google will share information about how you can get started using the curriculum in your library and how other libraries have implemented it in their specific contexts.

Sunday, February 11, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Title: Confidence and Facilitation is Key: Infusing Technology into Youth Programs

  • Shannon Lake – Teen Educator/Librarian, Providence Public Library;
  • Heather Thompson – Youth Services Programming Librarian, Kenosha Public Library;
  • Tori Ogawa – Children’s Librarian and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellow, Darien Library;
  • Linda Braun – Informal Learning Consultant, LEO;
  • Mega Subramaniam – Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland;

Where do I begin? What if I don’t have technology skills? What if I have no or limited budget? These are all questions that run through the minds of youth librarians when asked to implement new technology programs. Hear from front-line librarians who had to answer these same questions in order to successfully facilitate technology programs for youth. Learn how to boost your confidence in implementing tech-infused programs through community partnerships and adding youth voice into the planning and implementation process. Walk away with an arsenal of examples to facilitate youth technology programs at your library.

Saturday, February 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Title: Creative local campaigns help #SaveIMLS, federal library funding
ALA’s Washington Office is proud to spotlight some of the most creative responses by libraries to proposals early in 2017 to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services and essentially all direct federal library funding. Using their “playbooks,” you will learn first-hand how to pull together low-cost, eye-catching campaigns like theirs and what to do after you succeed in generating attention from your patrons, the media and elected officials who can help fight for library resources. In addition, all attendees will receive materials to recreate one especially colorful featured campaign at home.

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Emily Wagner

Emily Wagner is the assistant director of knowledge management and communications at the American Library Association's Washington Office. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University.