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Free Webinars in October

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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Free Webinars in September

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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Libraries Ready to Code Grant from ALA

Application for the Libraries Ready to Code Grant from ALA is open, now through August 31, 2017.

A total of 25-50 grants up to $25,000 each are available.
Application deadline August 31, 2017.
Application form

Libraries chosen to join the cohort of public and school libraries will:
1. Implement computer science or computational thinking programming for & with youth via their library, and
2. Collaboratively develop a Ready to Code toolkit, with the goal of enabling any library — regardless of geography, expertise, or affluence — to deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth.

A webinar about the grant program and application process will be held August 1, 2017 at 1:30pm CST — register here.  Update: An informational webinar was held on August 1, 2017; a recording of the webinar and the slides from the webinar presentation are available now.

Grant application selection criteria is aligned with the Ready to Code vision, that libraries play a critical role in ...
• increasing access and exposure to computer science opportunity
• changing perceptions of who can code, and
• inspiring all youth to pursue computer science education by connecting coding to individual interests.
Read more about the grant criteria

Find additional resources at the grant FAQ, and resource and examples of computer science and computational thinking programs.

Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking and computer science among our nation’s youth.  This project is a collaboration between ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy and ALA's three youth divisions: the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

This $500,000 pilot program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure expert library professionals are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science and computational thinking among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future.

25 to 50 participating libraries will receive funding from ALA, along with consulting expertise and operational support from Google. Individual libraries may use funding for devices, staffing, marketing and other costs associated with piloting an educational toolkit developed in partnership, by libraries, for libraries.

The toolkit, set to release in conjunction with National Library Week in April 2018, will consist of computer science resources that libraries find most useful for designing and implementing youth computer science programming. This cohort of libraries will also initiate a community of practice to sustain momentum and build expertise across thousands of school and public U.S. libraries.

Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code builds upon the research in Phase I to provide a landscape of computer science education activity in U.S. libraries, and the Phase II support for masters-level Library and Information Science faculty.

Source: Libraries Ready to Code
Photo credit: StartupStockPhotos via Pixabay, Creative Commons CC0

Libby, OverDrive's New One-Tap Reading App

OverDrive has begun a transition from their current app to the new Libby app. The app will be rolled out in phases:

  1. Phase 1: new users are encouraged to download the Libby app, instead of the OverDrive app.
    While OverDrive users in other states saw this change in June, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) opted to push this back to August, to give us time to prepare properly to support the new app.
  2. Phase 2: this fall, existing OverDrive users will be encouraged to switch to Libby. 

If you aren't using Libby yet, it would behoove you to become acquainted with it.  Even though the app won't be pushed out to all OverDrive users until later this year, it's already available for public download. You can download Libby from the App Store for iOS, from Microsoft for Windows 10 devices, or Google Play for Android.

Documentation to help you support users of Libby:

Source: Libby Information

Career & College Readiness Project: Apply to Participate

Rural, small, and tribal libraries can apply now through September 1, 2017 for the Association of Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) “Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services” project.

The ultimate goal of this project is to plan, implement, and evaluate a college and career readiness (CCR) service for the tween and teen middle schoolers in your community.

Types of eligible libraries include any one (not all three) of the below:

  • Small = any library with a service area of 15,000 or less
  • Rural = any library more than 25 miles from an "urbanized area" (as defined by the US Census) [see The State of Small and Rural Libraries in the United States]
  • Tribal = any library established by an Indian nation or a public library on tribal lands
    If you have a question about your library’s eligibility, contact Linda W. Braun, Future Ready at the Library Project Manager, at lbraun@leonline.com

Interested in applying? You can can watch a recording and view the slides and chat transcript of the July 2017 informational webinar.

Application due date: September 1, 2017.
Apply here

30 successful applicants will participate in a year-long experience that kicks off with a two-day orientation in Denver, CO, February 8-9, 2018.  Each of the 30 will receive:

  • funds to travel to Denver
  • funds for their library to use to hire temporary staff to cover their absence while in Denver
  • a stipend to purchase college and career readiness (CCR) materials for their library
  • a stipend to use towards a professional development activity, such as attendance at a state conference

Those who are selected to participate in 2017 will be in a cohort of 30 learners. Cohort members will have the opportunity to:

  • Hone their skills to support service for and with youth in the community
  • Create or expand services that specifically support the CCR needs of middle school students and their families
  • Advance relationships with community partners
  • Build relationships with colleagues across the country
  • Access customizable tools to support your specific community’s needs
  • Access resources just right for supporting the CCR needs of middle school youth and families
  • Attend a face-to-face meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO in Feburary 2018
  • Build a small collection of materials to support CCR in the community with funds provided for by the grant
  • Attend conferences or other training opportunities in their local area to learn more about supporting CCR needs, with funds provided for by the grant

To learn more, visit YALSA's Future Ready with the Library FAQ.

Next year, ARSL and YALSA will also recruit cohort members for 2019. Sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement of when the next round of applications opens, via their online form.

Sources:
• ALA Member News: Rural, small, and tribal libraries invited to apply for college and career readiness project
• YALSA's Future Ready with the Library FAQ
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Free Webinars in August

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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Free Webinars in July

ImagePlan to attend these free webinars; all you need is your computer & speakers or headphones (no microphone needed.) If you attend a live webinar, it may be counted as a Category B continuing education activity towards renewing librarian certification.

Webinars with a ★ are the ones I think you'll find most useful.

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