Concurrent Program Session

Code at Your Library: Preparing Your Current and Future Workforce

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Colorado Convention Center, Room 501-504

In many communities, computer programming opportunities are fast outpacing the number of qualified local applicants. Public libraries can serve the role of closing this gap by providing a platform for residents to learn to code. Louisville Free Public Library is involved with Code Louisville, which sends participants through an intensive 12-week course to develop coding skills using a mixture of in-person mentorships and self-paced learning via the Treehouse learning platform. Denver Public Library has offered a series of summer DevCamps for teens, during which participants learn basic web development technologies, learn from mentors who are in the profession, and work collaboratively to build sites.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Learn how two libraries took very different approaches to teach code to different target audiences. 2: Discover tactics the libraries used to collaborate with organizations and individuals for success. 3: Take away lessons learned from such programming.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Low interaction: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Technology, Collaboration, Emerging Technologies, Instruction, Technology, Youth Services


Michelle Jeske, Director, Collections and Technology
Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Michelle is the City Librarian for the City and County of Denver. She leads a team that provides excellent and innovative library service at the Denver Public Library.

Zeth Lietzau, Director, Collections, Technology & Strategy
Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Julie Scoskie, Director of Education and Outreach
Louisville Free Public Library, ,

Julie Scoskie has dedicated her entire career to helping increase educational attainment and knowledge in Louisville, KY. Since 2013, she has served as the Director or Education and Outreach. Collaboration is the essential element in all the new and successful programs that have demonstrated impressive outcomes. The nationally recognized Code Louisville partnership with the local WIB has collectively trained more than 500 individuals resulting in them gaining employment in the information technology sector.

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