January 17, 2017

ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program (Phase Two)

From the American Library Association:

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., announced a call for Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty to participate in Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver coding programs through public and school libraries and foster computational thinking skills among the nation’s youth.

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Ready to Code 2 is based on findings of Phase One, which suggested that the primary need for librarians is to develop deeper coding program facilitation skills grounded in computational thinking design and Ready to Code concepts laid out in the report Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People, released on January 6. The new project will consist of a faculty cohort of seven participants selected by the project team that will redesign their current technology/media courses based on Ready to Code concepts and then pilot the redesigned courses at their institutions. Ready to Code Faculty Fellows will provide feedback throughout the project and assess their course outcomes, which will be synthesized and form the basis of course models to be disseminated nationally.

The Ready to Code 2 project team includes Dr. Mega Subramaniam [University of Maryland]; Marijke Visser, co-principal investigator and Associate Director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP); Linda Braun, Learning Consultant, LEO: Librarians and Educators Online; and Dr. Alan S. Inouye, Director, OITP. OITP Youth and Technology Fellow Christopher Harris will provide overall guidance throughout the project.

The team is inviting applicants who are full-time faculty members at ALA-accredited graduate schools of LIS and graduate schools that provide school library certification programs in the United States. Applicants must be teaching technology/media courses in Fall 2017 tailored for pre-service library staff who plan on working with children and teens. Selected Faculty Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,500.

Information about eligibility requirements and a full application can be found here.

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Read the Complete Announcement

See Also: ALA, Google Launch “Libraries Ready to Code” [Phase One]
by Matt Enis, Library Journal
April 19, 2016

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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