About this Study

Con­nect­edLib is help­ing 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 and Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land collaborated with pub­lic libraries to cre­ate the ConnectedLib Toolkit, a suite of free and customizable pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment resources that sup­port librar­i­ans in their efforts to lever­age new media tech­nolo­gies and pro­mote youth’s con­nected learn­ing expe­ri­ences in libraries. The interview protocol featured here was used in interviews with youth-serving public library professionals across the United States to assess their use of technology, familiarity with connected learning, and challenges faced when implementing youth programming at their libraries. We used the themes that emerged from this research to identify module topics and content for the ConnectedLib Toolkit. The toolkit is available at: https://connectedlib.github.io/

Study Team Members

ConnectedLib Project

Katie Davis

University of Washington
ConnectedLib Project

Mega Subramaniam

University of Maryland