Your Name and Title: 

Dan Lou, Senior Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name:

Palo Alto City Library

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Michael Hibben, Senior ManagerRoanoke County Public Library

M Ryan Hess, Digital Initiatives ManagerPalo Alto City Library

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Robotics in Libraries

Language in Which You Will Present:

English

Target Audience(s):

Librarians interested in new technologies

Short Session Description (one line):

The session will cover practices of robotics programs in both libraries.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Libraries in Silicon Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains are taking the lead in applying nascent robot technologies to library programs, particularly in regard to coding and AI. Palo Alto City Library has used its NAO robot to teach basic coding concepts to the community. It has also used the NAO robot for Sunday robot shows, story times and in community events to engage the public. Roanoke County Public Library is using Pepper as a host; to support programming; and for teaching coding, AI, and robotics. Come learn how the libraries found each other, and how they hope to share information and work together moving forward. 

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

https://library.cityofpaloalto.org/browse_program/play-with-robot/

https://www.roanokecountyva.gov/2046/Pepper

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