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Coding in Wisconsin Public Libraries

What Is the Coding Initiative?

The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries (2016-2020) aims to increase awareness of the whys and hows of coding for library staff and library users of all ages. The project began with a needs assessment in the library community, which resulted in the development of online tools, professional development opportunities, and programming resources. Currently, Wisconsin is one of five states piloting the Transforming Teen Services Train the Trainer project offered by YALSA through partnership with COSLA. This multi-year project is made possible by LSTA funds and is coordinated by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

What Do We Mean by "Coding"?

When we say "coding," we mean not only coding and computer programming, but also coding as a literacy, as the ability to apply computational thinking for problem solving and stimulating creativity. More than anything, we want to increase awareness that coding concepts are for anyone and everyone.

 

How Do I Get Started?

 
Coding quiz

Interest Inventory

A quiz to identify your specific coding interests

Routes to Coding

Routes to Coding

Concrete guides for eight coding topics

Coding resources

Coding Resources

A searchable list of coding essentials

 

For questions about this information, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt (608) 267-5077