For immediate release | June 2, 2016

Leaders to discuss innovative coding programs at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ORLANDO, Fla.—Coding in libraries? Learn about the variety of programming in school and public libraries at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the conference session "Libraries Ready to Code: Increasing CS Opportunities for Young People," a panel of library experts will share experiences gained through a yearlong look at what’s behind the scenes in coding programs for youth—especially for underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and computer science fields. Panelists will also discuss “computational thinking” and the unique library perspective involved in successful learning models based on coding concepts.
During the session, coding and library leaders will discuss "Libraries Ready to Code," a joint partnership between the American Library Association and Google that will investigate the current status of computer programming activities in U.S. public and K–12 school libraries.
  • Linda Braun, learning consultant, LEO: Librarians & Educators Online, Seattle, Wash.
  • Joanna Fabicon, children's librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Crystle Martin, postdoctoral research fellow, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, Calif.
  • Hai Hong, K-12 Education Outreach, Google Inc.
  • Moderator, Roger Rosen, senior advisor, Office for Information Technology Policy, American Library Association; and CEO and president, Rosen Publishing
WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Orange County Convention Center
Room W105B
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
REGISTER: To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer, American Library Association’s Washington Office, at

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