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
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