Principal Investigators

willett publicity shot Dr Rebekah Willett is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of play, literacy, identity, and learning. Her publications include work on makerspaces, playground games, amateur camcorder cultures, online gaming, and children’s story writing. She has published in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals in the fields of education, childhood studies, media studies, and library and information science including Children & Society; Convergence; Learning, Media and Technology; Library Quarterly; and Media, Culture & Society. In addition, she has co-authored and/or edited five books and contributed to numerous edited books and encyclopedia projects.  


AbbasLibrary2.17 June Abbas is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focuses on children and teens and their use of technology, and the intersection between information behavior, information retrieval, and structures for organizing knowledge. She also conducts research on the development of user-centered digital libraries, institutional repositories, and other knowledge organization structures. She has presented and published widely on her research areas in both research and practice journals. She is the recipient of federal and foundation grants to support her research.  She recently received the highly competitive, prestigious Kilgour Award from OCLC/ALA LITA award given to those whose research has had significant impact on library technology and services.


Denise in Quito (1) Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D., is Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University and Director of the Master’s of Library & Information Science Program. Her research focuses on young people’s use of social media and the implications for library services. She has won many teaching and research awards and research grants for her work over her 25-year career in libraries and library education. A full list of her publications and presentations is located here.


Research Assistants

IMG_2651 Yuanyuan Feng is a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University. Her research areas are human-computer interaction, information behavior, health informatics, ubiquitous computing, and library and information science. Her website is:


20170808_113414 Anna Hernandez is a Graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. She is working towards a Master’s in Library and Information Studies, with an emphasis on Children and Young Adult Services.


Headshot Nate2 Nathan T. Wheeler is currently a PhD student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education. He is studying how people learn through the process of adapting literary texts collaboratively, particularly from page to stage. In addition to interests in performance pedagogy and the learning sciences, other scholarly pursuits include: creativity and innovation; the ‘maker’ movement; the sociology of theater education; qualitative methods; informal learning environments; instructional design; technology and digital media; collaboration; human development and public intellectualism.

graduate research assistant headshot Gabrielle Salib is currently a PhD candidate in the Information Science Department at Drexel University, concentrating on Human-Centered Computing. She is fascinated by the ways our lives change through our use of technology and how to iterate our design for our needs. She’s interested in learning how people adapt the design of our technology to suit their needs; whether it is parents with media concerns, teenage girls seeking mentorship, or newcomers connecting to local community. She uses qualitative methods to study community informatics; human-computer interaction; online communities; and online video sharing communities.

headshot emily Emily Bendavid is a senior undergraduate at Drexel University studying Information Systems with Human-Computer Interaction and Business Administration. Emily has an interest in user experience research.