Eliza Dresang

Eliza Dresang’s research found what librarians have long suspected - young kids progress faster when the adults who look after them are more confident and competent with reading skills.

Michael Lee camp

Michael Lee held a week-long camp for high-school girls titled, “Computers Demystified: Your chance to learn everything you wanted to know about computers but were afraid to ask!”

Katie Davis lecture

Katie Davis presented “Today's digital youth: Growing up in a hyper-connected, multi-tasking, media-rich world,” at the 2013 UW Upward Bound summer program orientation. 

Karen Fisher - Teen Design Days

Karen Fisher organized “Teen Design Days” to support immigrant minority youth by providing targeted information and digital literacy training.

What We Do

Digital Youth explores the interactions of young people with digital information and technology.  Beginning with young children learning literacy skills through young adults and their information seeking behavior, faculty and students at the University of Washington Information School conduct research to understand how contemporary youth consume and create information through both traditional and 21st century technologies. 

News & Events

Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank ‘14

The University of Washington’s Information School hosted Digital Youth Seattle Think Tank ’14 in October. This National Leadership Forum invited digital youth scholars, designers, professionals policymakers and youth to spark collaborations and to envision the future direction of research. 

Who is the learner of tomorrow?

Project Information Literacy interviewed Katie in June 2014 and discussed how technology is changing the nature of learning for today's youth and emerging adults. They discussed technology's negative impact as well as its potential for powerful learning across the age spectrum using innovative ideas, such as digital badges. Read the news item. 

Katie Davis at Town Hall Seattle 

In The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Katie Davis traces the history of the digital revolution and its effect on creativity, as well as the many potential benefits of work organized around apps, suggesting that these tools can even serve as a springboard for creative thinking and life goals beyond the tasks they’ve been designed to fulfill. Watch the video of the April 23rd presentation at Town Hall Seattle. 

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Beverly Cleary Professorship

Eliza Dresang held the endowed Beverly Cleary Professorship in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School until her passing in April 2014. Cleary graduated from the iSchool in 1939 and the Professorship was endowed to honor her work and commitment to youth librarianship. In 2008, Cleary was selected to receive the University of Washington Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus Award, the highest honor the University of Washington can bestow on a graduate. Learn more about Beverly Cleary.