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 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. Check-out two learning environments that I have co-designed - HackHealth and Sci-Dentity - where I leverage the strengths of library programs to stimulate young adults interest in STEM. Watch this pre-recorded webinar that highlights how school librarians are changing the lives of their students by opening their doors after-school and running programs that inspire students to pursue STEM. The webinar titled "Changing Lives through Informal Learning" was one of the four webinars released by the American Association of School Librarians in honor of School Library month in April 2014.

I am also interested in examining how to facilitate the learning of new media literacy that is essential for STEM exploration. Currently, I am focusing on specific new media literacy skills: privacy, copyright/remix and 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 environments.

I teach courses offered in the MLS program, specifically courses in the School Library and the Diversity and Inclusion Specializations.

I serve as the co-editor of School Library Research. I also currently serve as the Advisory Board member for ALA President, Sari Feldman.

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 for the kids.


2015.7.20 The HackHealth project was featured in Baltimore Sun as one of a few selected digital literacy projects that have been implemented by higher educational institutions in K12 schools in Maryland - See the news piece: Hooked on technology.

2015.6.11 I was a panelist at a special session organized by the American Library Association and the Honorary Marcia Fudge at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center. This session was moderated by ALA President, Sari Feldman. See a write-up in ALA's District Dispatch about the session: Library youth and tech leaders on the Hill.

2015.4.01 I received an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuing Education grant (with Dr. Katie Davis from UW) to develop continuing education for public librarians to design connected learning programs.

2015.2.5 I presented the keynote at the Fourth Annual Meeting House Symposium. My presentation slides are available here. See media coverage by the Parents Magazine.

2015.1.31 I presented the YALSA Trends Lecture at the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting. My lecture was titled "Designing the library of the future for and with teens: Librarians as the “Connector” in connected learning". See slide deck. Check out the YALSA blog for an excellent summary of my talk.


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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