The Original ConnectedLib Project

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Con­nect­edLib toolkit was created to librar­i­ans incor­po­rate dig­i­tal media into their work with youth to pro­mote con­nec­tions across learn­ing con­texts. Fac­ulty mem­bers from the library and infor­ma­tion sci­ence (LIS) schools at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton (Dr. Katie Davis) and Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land (Dr. Mega Subramaniam) teamed with pub­lic libraries to cre­ate pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment resources to sup­port librar­i­ans in their efforts to lever­age new media tech­nolo­gies and pro­mote youth’s con­nected learn­ing expe­ri­ences in libraries. The pub­lic library part­ners who helped develop the toolkit — Providence Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Kitsap Regional Library — serve a vari­ety of tra­di­tion­ally under­served youth pop­u­la­tions, includ­ing rural, immi­grant, and low-income youth.

Former Team

Katie Davis, Principal Investigator
University of Washington

Kelly M. Hoffman, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Maryland

Ligaya Scaff, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Washington

Mega Subramaniam, Principal Investigator
University of Maryland

Saba Kawas, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Washington

Milly Romeijn-Stout, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Washington

Former Library Partners

Seattle Public Library

Juan Rubio
Program Manager for Digital Media and Learning

Rekha Kuver
Youth and Family Library Services Manager


Kitsap Regional Library

Shannon Peterson
Youth Services Manager


Providence Public Library

Jack Martin
Executive Director

Shannon Lake
Teen Educator/Librarian

Former Advisory Board

Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D
Professor, College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University

Mizuko Ito, Ph.D
Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D
Professor, School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Beth Yoke, CAE
Executive Director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)