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Why Coding for Girls Matters

Did you know that according to the National Center for Education Statistics, fewer than one in five of today's computer science graduates are women? Not only that: the gender gap in technology has actually been getting worse! Since the 1990s, the percentage of women employed in computer science is actually decreasing.This is especially concerning because computing is a large, expanding career field - one we know will create more jobs into the future. 

The founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, writes that because personal computers were marketed almost exclusively to boys in the 1980s, perceptions of what a computer scientist did and looked like changed for society as a whole: “What began as an industry filled with women morphed into one where coders were nerdy guys working in a basement. Girls got the message and opted out in droves.” 

Girls Who Code was founded to close this gender gap. GWC offers training including after school coding clubs for girls grade 6-12, two week specialized summer courses for 6th -12th grade girls on a variety of topics, and seven week summer immersion programs for 10th -11th grade girls to learn coding and get exposure to jobs in the tech field.  In these programs, young girls learn about the concepts that underly all programming - things like loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that can be applied to all programming languages no matter what kind of project they want to do, be it a website, app, robot, or drone. 

Club participants also have access to a huge alumni network of girls and women who share their interests, so young girls can see women enjoying and succeeding in computing. When GWC participants are ready to move on to college and careers, Girls Who Code is also there for them. At least 60 companies have pledged to hire GWC alumni and their website hosts a job and internship board for alumni in grades 11 and up. 

Want to help close the computing gender gap? Interested in volunteering for or facilitating a Club near you? In our free Girls Who Code: Clubs Info Session and Q & A webinar, you'll learn more about Girls Who Code and their mission to close the gender gap in technology. By the end of the webinar, you'll know all you need to know for your library to launch its own Club! There are great benefits to signing up for Girls Who Code via SWON Libraries. Even if you want to start a club without viewing the webinar, let GWC representative Hannah Simon Goldman know you are a SWON member and if at least five clubs launch via SWON, we will receive: a dedicated point of contact throughout the Clubs experience, priority access to engagement opportunities like field trips & speakers, access to additional funding from the Clubs fund initiative, inclusion as a partner on the Girls Who Code website & in a press release, and an end-of-year impact report. 

So join us on December 5th to learn more! 

Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends and Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Girls Who Code Q&A 
FREE for everyone!
12/05/2017 - Online

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Welcome Emily: Our New Emergent Trends & Technology Educator

We are excited to announce that SWON now has a new Emergent Trends and Technology Educator, Emily Wages!

Emily is a Southwest Ohio Native and she currently lives in Fairfield with her husband Quinn, dog Shay, and cat Chili. She is uniquely positioned to help you and your patrons learn about technology, with a degree in Education and an MLIS from Kent State. 

She’s worked with adults, teens, and children in libraries and, most recently, her work as an adult programming specialist at a public library concentrated on from basic to advanced computers/technology, maker projects, and community health and wellness. She has taught patrons everything from basic mousing/keyboarding to complex research skills and beyond. 

Emily already has experience with many of the items in our Tech to Lend program, including 3D printing, Makey Makey, Ollie & Sphero, Playstation VR, Snap Circuits, soldering, and VR and she is excited to learn about new technology in order to teach other librarians and share with the public - she can’t wait to get her hands on our coding toys and learn how to use each of them. Emily is also an avid boardgamer! In fact, she and her close friends recently wrapped up a year long game of Pandemic Legacy, so she’d be glad to share our Games to Lend with you, too!

We’ll have more formal programs set up for Emily as she learns the ropes, but for now, browse the list of our tech and games and if anything catches your eye, you can contact her at for delivery and training on an ad hoc basis. Once again, she looks forward to all the learning and teaching this position brings, and can’t wait to share with you!


PCI Webinar - Demystifying Genre: How To Help Every Type of Reader

SWON is pleased to be able to provide PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price).

Next up: "Demystifying Genre" Readers’ Advisory expert, Becky Spratford, will teach you the basic appeals of the major genres, give you the inside track on what a fan of that genre is most drawn to, and provide you with talking points to get your genres readers to tell you what they want. You will leave this webinar with the confidence and skill to help fans of every genre, regardless of whether or not you have ever read a book in that genre yourself.


PCI Webinar - Demystifying Genre
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
12/5/2017 - Online

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SWON Webinar - PowerPoint for Presentations

Tired of lackluster slides bringing down an awesome presentation?  This webinar will teach you how to utilize storytelling techniques to create crowd engaging PowerPoint presentations.  Design tips will be discussed and resources for images, templates, and other design aspects will be provided. 

Amanda Koziura is a former actor and stage manager who left the bright lights of New York City to pursue librarianship.  She joined CWRU as their Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian in 2014 and manages the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.  She teaches workshops and consults on a variety of topics, including digitization, tutorial creation, and digital humanities.


SWON Webinar -  PowerPoint for Presentations
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area*
$25 for everyone else
12/07/2017 - Online

*If you are outside of our service area, you may be eligible for a free or reduced rate via your 
Regional Library System. Please register via NEO, NORWELD, or SERLS for this discount.

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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      Webinar - Personalizing Instruction Through the Library
FREE (an edWeb event)
12/18/2017 - Online

Webinar - Going Deeper with Social Media
FREE (a WebJunction event)
12/19/2017 - Online

PCI Webinar - Steps to Becoming a More Inclusive and Diverse Library for Young Readers
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
12/21/2017 - Online

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Webinar - The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
FREE (a VolunteerMatch event)
1/9/2017 - Online


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Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months

      Level-Up Lab: StrengthsFinder Workshop
1/23/2018 - Blue Ash, Ohio

ALA Midwinter - Denver, CO
2/9/2018 to 2/13/2018

Summer Reading Program Workshop - "Libraries Rock"
3/8/2018 - Greenfield, Ohio


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