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 May 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. 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.

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 informal learning environments.

I teach courses offered in the MLS program, specifically courses in the School Library and the Diversity and Inclusion specializations. I led the development of a new specialization in the MLS program that begins 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 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.


2016.8.16 I will be the opening speaker 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.

2016.6.20 I participated in two panels at the ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando. The first presentation on Lessons from Learning Spaces was moderated by Tim Carrigan from IMLS, and the second presentation on Insider Publishing Tips from Editors of Peer-Reviewed Journals was moderated by Karen Gavigan from USC.

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.

2016.4.12 Received news that my IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program proposal to create a post-master's certification on Youth Experience has been funded! Stay tuned for details on recruitment and admission details.



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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