Dr. Mega Subramaniam

About Me

I am currently an Associate Professor at the iSchool - College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. I am the Associate Director for the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. I am on currently on sabbatical leave till August 2017.

I conduct research on the use of school and public libraries as effective hybrid spaces to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest among underserved, underrepresented and disadvantaged young adults. Specifically, I am interested in exploring and creating socio-culturally relevant STEM learning environments in school and public libraries, where the library programs can engage young people in scientific inquiry experiences, make connections to their interests, and facilitate the learning of new media literacy skills needed to be successful in STEM environments.

I am also interested in examining how to facilitate the learning of new media literacy that is essential for STEM exploration using the connected learning framework. Currently, I am focusing on specific new media literacy skills: privacy, cybersecurity, and assessing credibility of information. My goal is to extrapolate the new media literacy learning pathways of digitally excluded youth, the challenges they face in acquiring new media literacy, and the pedagogical reforms needed to facilitate new media literacy learning in schools and other informal learning environments.

I teach courses offered in the MLIS program, specifically courses in the School Library and Youth Experience specializations. I led the development of a new specialization in the MLIS program that began in Fall 2016, Youth Experience (YX) that re-envisions the education of children and youth librarians so that future children and youth librarians can better understand how youth learn with technology and integrate dynamic community partnerships, participatory design, and design thinking in their offerings of programs and services. I am also the lead PI for the development of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience that will begin in Fall 2017. I am also co-leading the ConnectedLib project to develop a suite of professional development resources aimed at building teen librarians’ capacity to leverage digital media and connected learning principles to promote 21st century skills among the youth they serve.

I serve as the co-editor of School Library Research journal. I also currently serve as the Board Member for Young Adults Library Services Association (YALSA).

I live in Woodbine, Maryland, with my husband, Sivam, and my children (Subhatra and Vishvarup). I do not have much free time, but when I do, I enjoy baking and gardening.


News

2016.11.28 If you are a public librarian that works with teens and children, sign-up for an information session to hear more about The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience (funded by IMLS) and/or attend one of our participatory design sessions at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta to help us design the courses for this certificate (space is limited). Visit the YX website for the links to sign-up.

2016.9.26 Excited that my colleague, Jessica Vitak and I received a brand new IMLS National Leadership Grant to develop a suite of educational and professional development resources for librarians and families to enhance privacy-related digital skills.

2016.8.16 I gave the opening keynote for the International Colloquim of Information Architecture and Multimodality that will take place at the University of Brasilia from Aug 22 to Aug 24 2016.

2016.6.19 Check out my article in the most recent Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults titled Designing the Library of the Future for an with Teens: Librarians as the Connector in Connected Learning.

2016.6.15 HackHealth is featured as a case study of how libraries are re-envisioning teen services by YALSA.

 

 

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Contact Information

4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1115

phone: 301.405.3406
email: mmsubram [at] umd [dot] edu