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 also 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 learning environments to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest among underserved, underrepresented, and disadvantaged young adults. I am also interested in examining how to facilitate the learning of emerging digital literacies in libraries using the connected learning framework. Currently, I am focusing on a few emerging literacies such as : privacy, digital health, computational thinking, and assessing credibility of information. My goal is to extrapolate the challenges young adults face in acquiring these emerging digital literacies and the pedagogical reforms needed to facilitate the learning of these literacies in formal and informal learning environments. I am the Libraries Read to Code Fellow working with the American Library Association and selected libraries across the nation to design learning environments that facilitate computational thinking. I am also co-leading the Safe Data Safe Families project, to develop resources for young adults and their families to manage privacy in the networked world.

I am also interested in enhancing the skills of pre-service and in-service youth and school librarians to facilitate the learning of emerging digital literacies. I embrace the research-practice partnerships model by bringing research developments in information science, learning sciences, and human-computer interaction into librarianship.

I teach courses offered in the Masters of Library and Information Science (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 began 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 a 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

2018.06.11 I will be giving the keynote at the UMD Libraries Research and Practice Innovative Forum on the topic Design Thinking in Academia.

2018.04.24 I recently spoke at the University of Buffalo's Graduate School of Education's Colloquium Series in early April on reinventing the library for youth learning!

2018.02.04 I recently spoke at a panel at SXSW EDU on libraries supporting CS education with colleagues from Google and IMLS.

 

 

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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