D.M. "Mikki" Smith is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include print culture for youth; teens, space, and technology; information history and culture; children's self-publishing; and the histories of libraries, reading, and text technologies.
Mikki's dissertation explores the the ways in which print facilitated the growth of peer networks and an information culture among young people in the United States during the period 1867–1890, focusing on young people's interactions with juvenile periodicals, as well as the amateur publications young people produced and circulated during this period. In 2012-2013, she received a Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society for her project, "'Even a Boy's Press Has a Power': Amateur Journalism and Youth Information Culture, 1867-1890."
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