About Me

I am currently an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Youth eXperience (YX) Lab at the iSchool - College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, 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 digital literacies such as privacy and computational thinking. 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. A project that I am currently co-leading that aligns with this goal is 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. In alignment with this goal, I recently served as the lead PI for the development of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience (YX) that began in Fall 2017. I also co-lead the ConnectedLib project, where we developed 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 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 also teach the doctoral seminar - The Engaged Intellectual: An Introduction to Research and Academic Work for newly admitted Ph.D students.

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 cooking Malaysian dishes.


2019.06.27 So thrilled to receive this IMLS National Leadership Grant in the category of Research in Service of Practice on Capturing Computational Thinking in Libraries. Looking forward to working with my colleague David Weintrop on this project!

2019.06.05 My Safe Data Safe Families research team has a paper accepted at ASIST 2019. Read the pre-print of our article on Leveraging Funds of Knowledge to Manage Privacy Practices in Families.

2019.06.01 I am pleased to share that I recently served as a Fulbright Specialist to Kyrgyz Republic to work with the Library and Information Consortium of Kyrgyzstan.

2019.03.06 I am honored to be one of the 54 individuals named as the 2019 Library Journal's Movers and Shakers.



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4161 Field House Drive
2109E Patuxent Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1115

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