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Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries

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Goal of the Project:

The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries will increase awareness of the whys and hows of coding for library staff and library users of all ages. The project will demonstrate the role of public libraries in learning and use of technology, and increase resource sharing and continuing education collaboration among and between regional library systems. 

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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.

General Timeline:

This multi-year project will be administered by the PLDT staff through LSTA funding. The project will be modified from year to year and is contigent on the LSTA advisory committee for approval. The initial approved plan is as follows:

Year 1 - PLDT staff will develop materials and resources to support awareness and professional development to public library staff and systems regarding coding.

Year 2 (contingent on LSTA funding) - PLDT staff will work with a limited number of multi-system sandbox teams (selected through a proposal process) on library system and member library training and implementation of coding through statewide workshops, consulting with member libraries, member library staff training, regional workshops, and technology purchases.

Year 3 (contingent on LSTA funding) - PLDT staff will offer competitive grants to all public libraries and systems for purposes of implementing regional and local coding projects based, in part, on the experiences of the sandbox teams and the Year 1 training materials.

*This initiative officially launches in Fall 2016. Watch for web page updates as the project rolls out.*