November 30, 2015

The Human Connection | The Digital Shift 2015

Libraries may be going digital, but librarians still bring—and need—that personal touch. On October 14, Library Journal and School Library Journal’s virtual conference, The Digital Shift, Libraries Connecting Communities, aptly demonstrated this in a wide range of offerings throughout the day-long event.

Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide


Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.

Teach Kids how to Code, Make Apps and 3-D Models With These Tools


The best applications for teaching basic programming skills—no geek cred required to use them successfully in your classroom or library. Other apps enable kids to build 3-D models, which they can print, too.

From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | screencast tutorial

Screenshot from Hopscotch

A screencast tour of four free applications to help kids learn how to code: Daisy the Dinosaur, Hopscotch, Scratch, and Tynker.

Building a Better Programming Widget and Job Center Stats: Great Library Roadshow Travelog #1, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

After meeting at the Charlotte Airport in the morning, we headed straight to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) for our first stop in to chat with librarians and a number of users.

Story Penned by a Facebook Programmer Teaches Kids Computer Science


Lauren Ipsum, a Looking Glass tale for the computer age, was written by Carlos Bueno, a programmer at Facebook, who folded coding concepts into the story about a young girl making her way through Userland.

Hacking Education


By fostering the original hacker culture centered on innovation and mad programming skills, we could have the next Steve Jobs. But can schools make the shift?