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Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education. The project...

Visit www.ala.org/teentechweek  for FREE posters and all of your planning and resource needs to help you   implement great digital literacy and tech-focused programs and services for and with the teens in your community, especially during TTW, March 5—11, 2017.  This year’s...

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ALA and Rosen Publishing have released the video Libraries Ready to Code.  Read more and access the video! Thinking about adding coding opportunities at your library? Here are a few free resources from TechSoup. ...

By Elizabeth Hess The month of November usually makes me think of the upcoming holiday season, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the beautiful Pennsylvania autumn. After recently attending an eye-opening session at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Annual...

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) is participating in ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program, which enables 50 new librarians to get on the fast track to leadership within ALA and the library field. The Emerging Leader Program kicks off with a day-long leadership development...

The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has released “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship” (.pdf), a 21-page white paper that describes libraries’ importance in the innovation economy and urges decision makers to work more closely...

  “American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.  Read more about...

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In rural areas nationally, 52% of households, with income under $25,000, lack broadband.  This comes from the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey, which  provides data from a national study that explores the digital inclusion roles that public libraries play in our communities. ...

ALA has launched a new PR campaign, Libraries Transform. Also check out their Twitter feed. ...

The Ephrata Public Library was selected to participate in the Great Stories Club “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution” theme. Programming will take place between Jan. 1 and May 30, 2016.  Read about the Great Stories Club, organized by ALA. ...