About Me

I am currently a 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 am also the Associate Dean for Faculty at the iSchool.

I conduct research on the use of school and public libraries as effective learning environments for the development of digital literacies in non-dominant youth. Currently, I am focusing on 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 informal learning environments. A project that I recently completed that aligns with this goal is the Safe Data Safe Families project, where we developed resources for young adults and their families to manage privacy.

I am also interested in enhancing the skills of pre-service and in-service youth and school librarians to facilitate the learning of 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 Youth Experience (YX) certificate program and specialization in our Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. The course syllabi are available for use by any library educators. I also co-lead the ConnectedLib project, where we continue to refine our Toolkit - 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 lead the IMPACT project, where we are building computational thinking assessment instruments that library staff can use to assess computational thinking programs offered in and via libraries.

I teach courses offered in the MLIS program, specifically courses in the School Library and Youth Experience specializations.

I do not have much free time, but when I do, I enjoy gardening, baking, and cooking Malaysian dishes.


2021.08.23 I got promoted to Full Professor!

2021.06.30 Checkout the National Academies webinar where I moderated a panel on engaging out-of-school time leaders in cultivating interest and competencies in computing. Also, check out the National Academies report, which I co-authored.

2021.06.29 Checkout the webinar where Jessica Vitak and I showcased all the training materials and resources that we have developed for the Safe Data Safe Families project.

2021.03.01 Together with a team of researchers, we released a Field Guide to assist public library staff to prepare to support youth and families during crises.



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Contact Information

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