Stacey Wedlake

Stacey Wedlake

Research Scientist

Stacey Wedlake is a Research Scientist with the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School. Her research focuses on the role of intermediaries (public libraries, community organizations, and governments) in digital equity efforts. She has a particular interest in how these groups can best support individual and community digital literacy goals. More recently, as part of a the NSF-funded, Co-designing for Trust, she has begun to explore how digital literacy resources can be better designed as community-oriented solutions to misinformation. Stacey works with a variety of community and academic partners and enjoys creating actionable outputs for practitioners. Before coming to the Information School, she taught basic computer skills with Peace Corps Mongolia, YWCA/WorkSource, and Seattle Central College. When not working, you can find Stacey chasing after her two small children around Seattle parks. She holds degrees in Public Administration (MPA) and Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Washington.

Research Areas

Digital Inclusion
Digital Literacy
Technology and Social Change


MLIS, University of Washington Information School, 2014
MPA, University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, 2014
BA, Trinity University, 2005
Epistemologies of missing data: COVID dashboard builders and the production and maintenance of marginalized COVID data (2024)Big Data & Society, vol. 11, no. 2Authors: Youngrim Kim, Megan Finn, Amelia Acker, Bidisha Chaudhuri, Stacey Wedlake, Ryan Ellis, Janaki Srinivasan
Learning Technology Systems in Everyday Life: Women’s Experiences Navigating Refugee Resettlement in the United States (2023)Journal of Immigrant & Refugee StudiesAuthors: Negin Dahya, Maria Garrido, Stacey Wedlake, Yekaterina Yefimova, Maleeha Iqbal
Learning Technology Systems in Everyday Life: Women’s Experiences Navigating Refugee Resettlement in the United States (2023)Journal of Immigration and Refugee StudiesAuthors: Negin Dahyaa, Maria Garrido, Stacey Wedlake, Yekaterina Yefimova, Maleeha Iqbald
Bridging the Digital Divide during and after COVID: Implementation of Digital Inclusion Program for Low-Income Job Seekers (2022)Authors: Kathleen Carson, Stacey Wedlake, Yvette Iribe Ramirez, Elodie Marlet, Matthew Houghton, David Keyes
ConnectWA Coalition Digital Navigator Report (2022)Authors: Stacey Wedlake, Amy Robertson, Veronica Velez
Data Care During Crisis: A Comparative analysis of COVID data infrastructure builders in India and the USA (2021)Authors: Ryan Ellis, Janaki Srinivasan, Megan Finn, Bidisha Chauduri, Stacey Wedlake, , Amelia Acker, Young Rim Kim
Digital Bridge: Providing digital access to low-income job seekers during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021)Authors: Kathleen Carson, Stacey Wedlake, Matthew Houghton, Anisa Khoshbakhtian , David Keyes, Yvette Iribe Ramirez
Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and Policy Implications from a Technology Access and Distribution Program for Low-income Job Seekers (2021)Authors: Stacey Wedlake, Yvette Iribe Ramirez, Kathleen Carson, Chris Jowaisas, David Keyes, Matthew Houghton
The Role of Libraries in Misinformation Programming: A Research Agenda (2020)Journal of Librarianship and Information ScienceAuthors: Jason Young, Brandyn Boyd, Katya Yefimova, Stacey Wedlake, Christopher Coward
Technology access & education for refugee women in Seattle & King County (2020)Authors: Negin Dahya, Maria Garrido, Katya Yefimova, Stacey Wedlake
Digital Skills Assessments Guidebook (2020)Authors: Stacey Wedlake, Allison Anderson, Christopher Coward
Digital skill sets for diverse users: A comparison framework for curriculum and competencies (2019)Authors: Stacey Wedlake, Karah Lothian, David Keyes, Christopher Coward

Co-designing for Trust: Reimagining Online Information Literacies with Underserved Communities (2021)

Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF) (Total award: $5,000,000)Amount: $2,740,223Collaborators: Jason Young (Principal), Shaun Glaze (Co-Principal), Ahmer Arif (Co-Principal), Jevin West (Co-Investigator), Katharine Davis (Co-Investigator)

Digital Navigators Program (2021)

Funder: Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business EnterprisesAmount: $34,157Collaborators: Chris Jowaisas (Co-Principal), Stacey Wedlake (Co-Principal)

Misinformation Escape Room: Supporting Libraries as Hubs for Misinformation Education (2021)

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Amount: $249,691Collaborators: Christopher Coward (Co-Principal), Jin Ha Lee (Co-Principal)

Connecting Rural and Small Libraries to Connected Learning (2020)

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (Total award: $427,062)Amount: $284,259Collaborators: Katharine Davis (Principal), Christopher Coward (Co-Principal), Mega Subramaniam (Co-Principal)

Digital Literacy Skills (2020)

Funder: Seattle Jobs InitiativeAmount: $5,000Collaborators: Chris Jowaisas (Principal)

Exploring Physically Distant Technology Access and Assistance to Support Workers in a New Economy (2020)

Funder: University of Washington Population Health InitiativeAmount: $18,699Collaborators: Chris Jowaisas (Co-Principal), Stacey Wedlake (Co-Principal), Matthew Houghton (Co-Principal), Meghan Sebold (Co-Principal), David Keyes (Co-Principal), Ryan Davis (Co-Principal)

COVID Data Infrastructure Builders: Creating Resilient and Sustainable Research Collaborations (2020)

Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)Amount: $91,013Collaborators: Megan Finn (Principal)

Digital Equity Initiative – Digital Skills Project (2018)

Funder: City of Seattle Department of Information TechnologyAmount: $20,000Collaborators: Christopher Coward (Principal)
(Re)Building Trust in a Sea of Distrust
Fall 2023 Federal Depository Library Conference - Online.
Refugee Women’s Technology Ecosystems
Digital Inclusion Research Forum. - Dallas, Texas
Reimagining Information Literacy in the Fight Against Misinformation
LibraryLinkNJ: The Literacy Conference - Online
Beyond Super Searchers: Public Libraries in the Age of Misinformation. (2023)
Public Library Association - Online
Countering Misinformation, Strengthening Democracy (2023)
NEXT Library Festival - Aarhus, DK
Digital literacy & Internet for All. (2022)
Walla Walla Community Council - Online
How Does Adult Digital Literacy Curricula Address Problematic Information? (2022)
2022 ASIS&T Annual Meeting - Pittsburgh, PA
Connected learning: The essential mindset to serve rural youth in America (2022)
Connected Learning Summit - Virtual
Data Care During Crisis: A Comparative analysis of COVID data infrastructure builders in India and the USA (2021)
Society for Social Studies of Science - virtual
Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and Policy Implications from a Technology Access and Distribution Program for Low-income Job Seekers (2021)
TPRC2021: The Research Conference on Communications, Information, and Internet Policy. - Virtual
“Help is really necessary”: Case study of a technology distribution program for unemployed workers (2021)
DIPRC2021: Digital Inclusion Policy And Research - Virtual
Digital Inclusion During COVID-19 (2021)
Center for Digital Inclusion: Tech and Social Justice Workshop - Virtual
Digital skills framework for supporting adult education practitioners (2021)
EdTech Center: Distance Learning Strategy Session - online
What works? New research about the effectiveness of digital adoption and skills intervention strategies. (2020)
Net Inclusion 2020 Webinar Series - Online
Accelerating action through digital technologies: strengthening digital skills and capacities for human wellbeing (2020)
2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DESA/DSDG) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) - Virtual
Adult Literacy and Education: Strategies to Alleviate the Literacy Gap (2019)
Office of Family Assistance - Seattle, WA
Building Digital Workforce Skills at the Local Level (2019)
BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar - Online
Digital Equity and Inclusion in Seattle (2019)
Seattle Public University Information Studies Program - Seattle, WA
Digital Skill Sets for Diverse Users (2019)
Seattle Digital Equity Network - Seattle, WA
Digital Skills for Digital Equity: Identifying Skills Covered in Digital Literacy Frameworks and Curricula (2019)
Information School Research Fair, University of Washington - Seattle, Washington
Digital Skill Sets for Diverse Users (2019)
BroadbandUSA: Digital Inclusion - Local and State Governments - Webinar
Measuring City of Seattle’s Progress on Digital Equity (2018)
2018 Community Indicators Consortium Impact Summit: Community Indicators in Action - Minneapolis, MN
Kenyan public librarians’ role in mobile-centric information access (2018)
CHANGE Seminar - Seattle
Mobile Information Literacy: Adaptable curriculum for smartphone users in Myanmar and Kenya (2018)
Mobile Learning Week - Paris, France