Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor at the iSchool – College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She is the Associate Director for the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland and serves as the co-editor of School Library Research. She also currently serves as an advisory board member for the ALA President, Sari Feldman. Mega received her Ph.D in Information Studies from Florida State University and her master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Mega studies the use of libraries as effective hybrid spaces to encourage STEM interest and the development of new media literacy skills among underserved, underrepresented and disadvantaged young adults. She creates socio-culturally relevant STEM learning environments in libraries based on the connected learning framework. She has co-designed two learning environments – HackHealth and Sci-Dentity – that leverage the strengths of library programs to stimulate young adults’ interest in STEM.
College of Information Studies | University of Maryland
Kelly Hoffman is a PhD student at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. She has a decade of experience in corporate knowledge services, and serves as a social media officer for the non-profit organization Random Acts. Her research interests include information access and ethics, behavior change through information, information policy, and monitoring and evaluation.
The Information School | University of Washington
Saba Kawas is a PhD student at The University of Washington Information School. She holds two master’s degrees from The University of Washington’s College of Engineering and from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. She served on the faculty at the University of Jordan’s College of Arts and Design and as a cultural project coordinator at UJ, collaborating with non-profit organizations to engage local youth communities in cultural and educational activities. Her research interests are how differently-abled and marginalized youth access learning opportunities in the digital age, and to design tools to support inclusive learning experiences.
The Information School | University of Washington
Ligaya Scaff is a doctoral student at The University of Washington Information School. Prior to attending the Information School, she was a Social Media Consultant and Community Manager for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has also served as an Information Literacy Librarian at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests focus on social media and identity, creative expression within online communities, and the use of digital media in informal learning settings.
Juan Rubio is the program manager for Digital Media and Learning at the Seattle Public Library where he oversees development and implementation of digital media programs in the Library system. He works with Teen Service Librarians and Children Service Librarians at the 27 different branches around the city of Seattle to implement programs that use digital media with the connected learning framework. Juan has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School University in New York City, and studied Radio, TV and Film at Howard University in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the Seattle Public Library, Juan was the Associate Director of the Online Leadership Program at Global Kids, Inc. a non-profit organization that prepares young people to become global citizens. Originally from Honduras, Juan speaks fluent Spanish.
Rekha Kuver is currently the Youth and Family Library Services Manager at The Seattle Public Library. She began her library career as a Teen Services Librarian and since then has extensive experience in libraries successfully leading diverse work teams and projects. She specializes in the areas of community engagement and outreach, programming, social media, youth services, mobile services and management. Her passions lie in making library services equitable via meaningful community partnerships, as well as in empowering library staff to be forward-thinking and inventive at all levels of their work.
Shannon Peterson is the Youth Services Manager at Kitsap Regional Library, a small but mighty library system in the Puget Sound region. Active in both local and national work related to serving teens through libraries, she is also a Past President of the Young Adult Library Service Association (a division of the American Library Association). Her interests include informal learning, outcomes based planning, exploring the outdoors, and doing as little as possible with her hilarious family.
Jack Martin first began working in libraries at the age of thirteen when his mother volunteered him to work for his local public library in Cornelia, Georgia. Since then, he’s worked in libraries up and down the east coast: from Athens, Georgia to Providence, Rhode Island. He served as New York Public Library’s Director for Public Programs and Lifelong Learning when he began working with the Connected Learning community. He’s now the Executive Director for the Providence Public Library in Rhode Island. He was an adjunct professor for teen and tween library services, and is the co-author of Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning Teens: A How-To-Do-It-Manual for Librarians. He was the President of the Young Adult Library Services Association and currently serves as the Rhode Island State Chapter Councillor for the Rhode Island Library Services Association. He lives in downtown Providence with his husband and two cats.
Shannon Lake is the Teen Educator/Librarian at Providence Public Library. Over the past eight years, she has worked with teens across the country in both public schools and public libraries. You can find her collaborating locally and nationally to create library programs that address the needs of young people by connecting them to their passions while increasing their skill-sets in fun and creative ways. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Speech Communications and Theater from Tennessee State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and has been an active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association for the past five years.