Category Archives: Tech

Early Bird Registration for Net Inclusion 2017 Extended to April 20

net inclusion 2017 - may 16-17 | st paul, mn

Hosted by the St. Paul Public Library, Net Inclusion 2017 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, policymakers and entities reliant upon online access and digital skills of their clients/users.

We are thrilled to announce our keynote is Maya Wiley, the Senior Vice President for Social Justice and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School.

The break-out sessions and panelists are now posted. We have multiple sessions on digital inclusion program funding and multiple sessions on policy impacting digital inclusion programs (local, state and federal).

A wide range of speakers, stakeholders and participants from across industries and across the country will be in attendance. Come be a part of the community, and help define the future of digital inclusion!

Register for Net inclusion 2017

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs.  We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.

Makerspaces in Libraries Survey

“Hi Everyone,

I am revising the book Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians and I’m conducting a survey of the field.

If you would please take a moment to answer this brief 15-question survey about libraries with makerspaces  it would be very helpful.  Thank you!”

Ellyssa Kroski

Small town libraries – let’s code!


“Over the past few years I have been working with libraries on code clubs, and I’ve been impressed with the community response in small towns – kids see coding as a way to connect/influence a much bigger world, and it’s empowering.
So we launched a program where small libraries get our full offering (software, training, support) for free. Here’s the info about it, and I’d ask you to send this to folks you know at small libraries that may be interested:
Let me know if you have questions.

Kelly Smith”

ITEM Member Looking for Tech Trainers!

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I am looking for trainers for 2-hour technology classes between June 5-8. Since so many districts are still in school, I am having trouble. If you are available between these dates, or know someone who might be, please let me know, or pass this email along.

Between June 5-8 we schedule 3 two-hour sessions each day (8 – 10AM, 10:15-12:15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM). All teachers in both the Park Rapids and Nevis School Districts are required to take 3 classes, although many take additional classes. Sessions are held in the Park Rapids Century School and in the Nevis High School. We do pay a stipend to teachers.

We are mostly looking for classes that help teachers integrate any type of technology into their classroom. Have an idea? Shoot me an email and we’ll discuss it. 🙂 If you’re interested, but June doesn’t work for you, please note that we have a similar setup in August, from the 21st through the 24th. I will again be looking for instructors for those classes, so if you are interested, please let me know.

Class sizes are typically quite small, typically 5 – 12 in each class, so it’s a great way to do some personalized training. Thanks! Laurie — Laurie Conzemius Park Rapids, Minnesota <> ISTE Board of Directors

Decision Makers: Libraries are Ready to Code


From the District Dispatch:

Computing jobs represent the largest source of new jobs and are among the highest paying, yet hundreds of thousands of openings go unfilled. And such employment needs are projected to continue growing in the coming years. Libraries are part of the solution in preparing more of America’s youth for these jobs

Libraries are ideal venues to provide career opportunities for youth in the digital age, explains a newly-released brief from the American Library Association (ALA). In “Careers for America’s Youth in the Digital Age: <libraries / ready to code>,” libraries are found to increasingly offer programs in coding and computational thinking—the broader intellectual skills behind coding—and are poised to do much more.

The brief is being released at the #HouseOfCode demo, panel and reception event on Capitol Hill on April 3-4. Nearly 100 students from over 50 Congressional districts will participate to demo their winning apps from the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. ALA is a sponsor of this event and we will have an exhibitor table and strong representation including our coding policy extraordinaire Marijke Visser as well as Shawnda Hines and Emily Wagner of the ALA Washington Office. Continue reading Decision Makers: Libraries are Ready to Code