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 an Associate 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.

Research Assistants

Kelly M. Hoffman

College of Information Studies | University of Maryland

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 the college. Her dissertation research focuses on algorithm awareness and literacy.

Milly Romeijn-Stout

The Information School | University of Washington

Milly Romeijn-Stout is a PhD student at The University of Washington Information School. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington, and has served as a Children’s Services Librarian with the Sno-isle library system. She participated as a Student Researcher with VIEWS2, observing early literacy skills in children at public library story times. She also served as a Research Coordinator at the Haring Center, working on their project Promoting Autism Literacy (PALS) to identify and evaluate best practices for teaching children on the autism spectrum how to read and be better prepared for kindergarten. Her research interests focus on identifying and addressing the needs of ASD youth as they develop early learning and literacy skills in the digital age, and how libraries can address these needs.