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2018 Keynote Speakers Nominations

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== Mega Subramaniam ==
Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Subramaniam is the fellow for the Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) project led by the Office for Information Technology Policy at the American Library Association, which is funded by Google, Inc. Dr. Subramaniam has been instrumental in assisting ALA OITP in planning and implementing the activities for all the three RtC phases, hence has great insights on how librarians can be Ready to Code. The RtC project ultimate goal is to develop a mindset for library services for and with youth that puts youth interests at the center of the learning, provides opportunities for youth to engage in planning & implementation of computational and coding programs in libraries, focuses on facilitation, and provides opportunities for community members to coach and mentor youth in computational thinking. Dr. Subramaniam’s work focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of new media literacies that are essential for STEM learning among underserved young people. Mega is the lead PI for the IMLS-funded Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Youth Experience (YX) and developed a new YX specialization within MLIS, that allows in-service and pre-service librarians to develop skills to facilitate programs and services that foster computational thinking and other emerging literacies in youth from birth to 18. Dr. Subramaniam holds a bachelor’s degree in Education (Mathematics and Computers in Education) from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, received her master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her Ph.D in Information Studies from Florida State University.

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