Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D
Denise E. Agosto is Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, executive director of the Center for the Study of Libraries, Information & Society (CSLIS), and editor of Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults. Her research and teaching interests focus on children’s and teens’ information behavior and practices, youths’ use of social media, and public library services. She widely published in these areas and is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards and grants.
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor and coordinator of the School Library Media Program in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her current research she focuses on social justice issues in youth library services and diverse youth literature . She teaches courses in library services to diverse youth populations, materials for young adults, and development of school library programs. Prof. Hughes-Hassell regularly provides professional development to teachers and librarians across the U.S., most recently for the Wake County Public School System (NC), YALSA, and the New Jersey Library Association. She is active in the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Dr. Mizuko Ito, Ph.D
Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine, with appointments in the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Informatics, and the School of Education. She chairs the MacArthur Connected Learning Research Network and is Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub. Her co-authored book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media describes new opportunities for interest-driven learning fueled by games, social media, and digital tools. In Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design Ito and her colleagues in the Connected Learning Research Network map out how education can embrace today’s technology to make meaningful learning available to all young people. She is co-founder of Connected Camps, a benefit corporation that provides online creative learning opportunities for kids in all walks of life.
Beth Yoke, CAE
Beth Yoke has served as Executive Director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) since 2004. At YALSA she has overseen the implementation of new initiatives such as the annual YA Services Symposium and the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Yoke also worked with the YALSA Board to expand the organization’s capacity by establishing a Leadership Endowment, establishing corporate partnerships, and obtaining several grants including the BoardSource Innovation Prize, which was put towards YALSA’s Leadership Endowment.