CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) President Cindi Trainor Blyberg welcomes Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, to present the President’s Program during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Black Girls Code introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls Code seeks to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.
Kimberly Bryant is inspired by her daughter’s experience at a summer computer science camp and her own observations as she entered the startup world in San Francisco a few years ago. Bryant founded Black Girls Code in 2011. Before that, Kimberly was a successful electrical engineer. She worked in the biotechnology field for more than 20 years.
The LITA President’s program is part of “Sunday Afternoon with LITA” at the ALA Annual Conference. “Sunday Afternoon with LITA” begins with the popular Top Technology Trends panel discussion at 1 p.m., followed by the LITA awards presentations, and culminates with the LITA President’s Program at 3 p.m. The entire afternoon takes place Sunday, June 29, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room 233.
Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of over 3,000 systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and for information providers. For more information, visit www.lita.org.