Office of Research

Cleary Community for 21st Century Youth Literacy


The Cleary Community for 21st Century Youth is a virtual gathering of individuals interested in research and practice related to 21st century youth literacy.

Core Services Offered

This collaboration between six Washington State public library systems and the University of Washington Information School consists of four main components: early childhood research-based initiatives in or related to public and school libraries, comprehensive Cleary documents for research and practice, a recent "Radical Change" print book with digital age characteristics each month (with invitation for others to post), and a space for professionals to share events, information, literature, and best practices related to all forms of information literacy of digital-age youth. While currently primarily a space frequented by Washington librarians to share contributions and concerns about these issues, the goal is to include both local and national participants.

Funding Information:

Collaborative Planning Grant - Institute for Museum and Library Services 2009-2011.
National Leadership Research Grant - Institute for Museum and Library Services 2011-2014.

Reporting Structure:

Harry Bruce, Dean, Information School

Related UW Entities:

College of Education

Center Details

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Director: Dresang, Eliza
Location: Virtual:

Technical support from
Year Started: 2010
Administrator / Program Manager: Campana, Katie
Administering College/School: Information School 
Faculty Involvement: 7 faculty plus several doctoral students