Our Project

The Con­nect­edLib Toolkit was created to help librar­i­ans incor­po­rate dig­i­tal media into their work with youth to pro­mote con­nec­tions across learn­ing con­texts. Fac­ulty mem­bers from the library and infor­ma­tion sci­ence (LIS) schools at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton and Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land teamed with pub­lic libraries to cre­ate this pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment resource that sup­ports librar­i­ans in their efforts to lever­age new media tech­nolo­gies and pro­mote youth’s con­nected learn­ing expe­ri­ences in libraries. Our pub­lic library part­ners — Prov­i­dence Pub­lic Library, Seat­tle Pub­lic Library, and Kit­sap Regional Library — serve a vari­ety of tra­di­tion­ally under­served youth pop­u­la­tions, includ­ing rural, immi­grant, and low-income youth. Visit the ConnectedLib Project site for more information on the development process.

The con­nected learn­ing model artic­u­lated by Mimi Ito and col­leagues describes how net­worked tech­nolo­gies can be lever­aged in a vari­ety of settings—including libraries—to pro­mote learn­ing expe­ri­ences that are interest-driven, peer-supported, academically-oriented, and con­nected to the var­i­ous con­texts that young peo­ple expe­ri­ence in their every­day lives. Con­nect­edLib responds directly to this need by work­ing with in-service librar­i­ans to cre­ate a suite of pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment resources aimed at build­ing librar­i­ans’ capac­ity to engage and pro­mote con­nected learn­ing and 21st cen­tury skills among today’s dig­i­tal youth.

This project was gen­er­ously sup­ported by the Insti­tute of Museum and Library Services.

Our Team

Principal Investigators

Katie Davis

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Dr. Katie Davis is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in the UW College of Education, and a founding member and Co-Director of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Her research explores the role of new media technologies in young people’s personal, social, and academic lives, with a particular focus on the intersection between technology and identity development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Dr. Davis holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mega Subramaniam

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Dr. Mega Subramaniam is a Professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, and a founding member and Co-Director of the UMD Youth eXperience (YX) Lab. Her research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of emerging digital literacies that are essential to STEM learning among underserved young people. Dr. Subramaniam received her Ph.D in Information Studies from Florida State University and her master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Chris Coward

Chris Coward is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the University of Washington Information School, director of the Technology & Social Change Group, and co-founder of the Center for an Informed Public. Chris studies issues of information access, digital equity, information and digital literacy, misinformation, and civic engagement. Much of his research involves codesigning new programs and services in public libraries around these issues. He holds two master’s degrees in international studies and public administration, both from the University of Washington.

Kelly Hoffman

Kelly M. Hoffman is a doctoral candidate at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She earned an MLS from the University of Maryland in 2007 and worked as a systems librarian and knowledge manager before returning to academia. Her research focuses on personal knowledge management and neurodiversity.

Linda Braun

Linda W. Braun, a Learning Consultant with LEO, works with educational institutions across the United States to design and deliver quality learning experiences for youth, families, communities, and staff. She co-authored the reports, Ready to Code: Connecting Youth to CS Opportunities Through Libraries, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, and Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through CE and has authored numerous books and articles. She is a past president of YALSA and has taught for Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, the University of Washington iSchool, and the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

Stacey Wedlake

Stacey is a research coordinator and analyst with the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School. Much of her research focuses on adult community-based digital equity programs. Before coming to the UW, she taught basic computer classes at a nonprofit, community college, and as Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia. Stacey holds degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Washington. She earned a BA in Communication from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).

Rotem Landesman

Rotem Landesman is a PhD student at the iSchool at University of Washington. She earned her BA in Communications at the IDC in Israel, and a MA in Technology and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, as well as worked in several marketing and learning roles in the industry.