Mega Subramaniam Receives IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant for ConnectedLib Project
University of Maryland iSchool Assistant Professor and iPAC Associate Director Mega Subramaniam is the co-recipient of a $384,587 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The funded project, Connected Learning at the Library: Developing Librarians' Capacity to Support Today's Digital Youth - or ConnectedLib - brings together faculty members from the library and information science (LIS) schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland and public library partners to develop a suite of professional development resources aimed at building public librarians' capacity to leverage digital media and connected learning principles to promote 21st century skills among the youth they serve. Public library partners for ConnectedLib include Providence Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and Kitsap Regional Library.The ConnectedLib Project was selected through a peer review process from applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which awarded 16 grants out of 100 eligible applicants totaling $5,155,279 and will be matched by an additional $2,415,910 in non-federal spending. Dr. Subramaniam will serve as co-principal investigator with University of Washington iSchool Assistant Professor Katie Davis acting as Principal Investigator. About the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.