Dr. Mega Subramaniam is currently an Associate Professor at the iSchool – College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. She is the Associate Director for the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland.Dr. Subramaniam conducts research on the use of school and public libraries as effective hybrid spaces to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest among underserved, underrepresented and disadvantaged young adults.
Tamara “Tammy” Clegg is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland’s College of Education. She also has a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies. Her research focuses on developing life-relevant learning environments and supporting technologies for enabling children to engage in science in the context of achieving goals relevant to their lives.
Catherine Fravel is an MLIS candidate on the school library track in the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park. In addition to her work with YX @ UMD she holds a Graduate Assistantship with University Libraries Teaching and Learning Services.
Katie Davis is an Assistant Professor at The University of Washington Information School and a founding member of the UW Digital Youth Lab. Her research explores the role of new media technologies in young people’s personal, social, and academic lives, with a particular focus on the intersection between technology and identity development during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Katie is the co-author with Howard Gardner of The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World (2013, Yale University Press). She holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in Human Development and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Learn more about her research at: www.katiedavisresearch.com
Sari Feldman is Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), a position she has held since 2003. Under her leadership, CCPL is recognized as one of the nation’s best and busiest public library systems, earning the Library Journal 5-Star recognition for seven consecutive years. Sari is immediate past president of the American Library Association. During her term as president, Sari initiated a national public awareness campaign called Libraries Transform that is designed to increase awareness of and support for libraries of all types. She also is a past president of the Public Library Association (2009-2010). She received her MA in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She regularly presents on libraries both nationally and internationally and has written widely for professional publications.
Elisabeth is a research specialist in creativity, play, and learning, whose focus is on early childhood. She is a former research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop (2015-2017), and the lead author on the 2017 report STEM Starts Early: Grounding science, technology, engineering, and math education in early childhood. Dr. McClure received her PhD from Georgetown University, where she was trained in developmental psychology with a focus on public policy. She conducts research on families, young children, and digital media, and her research on how babies and toddlers use video chat has been featured in The Atlantic, Science News, and on NPR, and has been used to inform policies for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Department of Education.
Ben Shapiro is an Assistant Professor in the ATLAS Institute, the Department of Computer Science, and, by courtesy, in the School of Education and the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research group, the Laboratory for Playful Computation, investigates how to enable kids from diverse backgrounds to learn computer science through collaborative, creative expression and through the design of networked technologies to solve problems in their homes and communities. He received his PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Marijke Visser is associate director of the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Marijke serves as Program Director for OITP’s Youth & Technology portfolio. Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate and also supports the telecommunications portfolio focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations.
Beth Yoke, CAE, has served as Executive Director of YALSA since 2004. At YALSA she has overseen the expansion of YALSA as well as the implementation of new initiatives such as the annual Young Adult Services Symposium and the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Prior to working at YALSA, Yoke worked as a university librarian at Fairmont State University, as a school librarian in Stafford, VA, and an elementary school teacher in New Orleans, LA. Beth Yoke holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. You can follow her on Twitter via @yalsa_director or find her on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/beth–yoke/3/a08/269