Bio: Megan Lotts is the Art Librarian at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she teaches research workshops, builds collections, facilitates programming and events, and closely engages with students and faculty researching in the Arts. Lotts has presented her research both nationally and internationally and has published articles in portal: the Libraries in Academia, Art Documentation, Journal of Library administration, College and Research Libraries News and is currently working on a book for the American Libraries Association focusing on creativity and play in libraries. Her research interests include creativity, outreach & engagement, makerspaces, play, and the work of library liaisons. She is known for her work implementing LEGOâ play, a culture of creativity, and curating the exhibition spaces at the Rutgers University Art Library, as well as teaching a semester long seminar “Playing to Learn in Higher Education.” Megan earned her MFA (2004) and MLIS (2007) from University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a BFA in Painting (2000) and BFA in Art History (2002) from the University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana. She currently lives in New Brunswick, NJ and continues to create site-specific conceptual works of art.
Lotts, Megan, “Legos in the Library,” chapter 11 in The Maker Librarian’s Sourcebook, ed. Elyssa Valenti (Chicago: American Libraries Association, 2016).
Lotts, Megan. “Connecting with Patrons, Highlighting the Collections, and Learning about the Library: Low Cost High-Impact Makerspaces in Art Libraries.” Art Documentation, (Fall 2017).
Charles, Leslin H., Megan Lotts, and Lily Todorinova. “A Survey of the Value of Library Employment to the Undergraduate Experience.” Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 57, Iss. 1 (Fall 2016).
Lotts, Megan. “On the Road, Playing with LEGO, and Learning about the Library: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station, Part Two." Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 56, Iss.5 (Summer 2016).
Lotts, Megan. "Playing with LEGO, Learning about the Library and 'Making’ Campus Connections: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station, Part One." Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 56, Iss.4 (May 2016): 359-380.
Lotts, Megan. “Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library.” ACRL Conference Proceedings. (March 2015): 409-418.
Hubbard, Melissa A., and Megan Lotts. "Special Collections, Primary Resources, and information literacy pedagogy.” Communications In Information Literacy 7, no. 1 (March 2013): 24-38.
Arendt, Julie, and Megan Lotts. "What Liaisons Say about Themselves and What Faculty Say about Their Liaisons, a U.S. Survey." Portal: Libraries & The Academy 12, no. 2 (April 2012): 155-177 23p.
Lotts, Megan. "Copyright, Fair Use, and the Creative Commons in the 21st century." Media-N 7, no. 2 (Winter 2011): 33-35.
Burtis, Amber T., Melissa A. Hubbard, and Megan C. Lotts. "Foreign LIS degrees in contemporary US academic libraries." New Library World 111, no. 9/10 (November 2010): 399-412.
Lotts, Megan. “Floating Castles, Legos, Candy, and Play: Counterplay 2016.” Library Hi Tech News 33, no. 5 (June 2016).
Lotts, Megan. “Landscape Architecture students play with Legos to learn about the library.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture AASL Column. (May 12, 2016).
Lotts, Megan. "Building bridges, creating partnerships, and elevating the Arts." College & Research Libraries News 77, no. 5 (May 2016): 226-230.
Lotts, Megan. "Implementing a culture of creativity: pop up making spaces and participating events in academic libraries." College & Research Libraries News 76, no. 2(February 2015): 72-75.
Kranich, Nancy, Megan, Lotts, and Gene, Springs. "The promise of academic libraries turning outward to transform campus communities." College & Research Libraries News 75, no. 4 (April 2014): 182-186.
Lotts, Megan. "Woodblock Woodstock: The Drive By Press at Morris Library." College & Research Libraries News 74, no. 2 (February 2013): 86-89.
Lotts, Megan, and Stephanie Graves. 2011. "Using the iPad for reference services: Librarians go mobile." College & Research Libraries News 72, no. 4: 217-220.
June 2012- present Arts Librarian, Research and Instructional Services Library Faculty. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey- New Brunswick.
August 2008- May 2012 Assistant Professor- Fine Arts Librarian. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
September 2006- May 2008 Outreach Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison: Forest Art Wisconsin, Assistant Curator and Project Manager.
Summer 2002- Spring 2003 CIMC Library Supervisor- University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Summer 1995- Summer 2000 Parkland College Library- Public Service Assistant/Circulation Desk Supervisor.
- Creativity, the Arts, and Making
- Cross-discplinary collaboration
- Outreach & Engagement
- Undergraduate Experience
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Masters of Library and Information Sciences (M.L.I.S.), 2007
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
Masters of Fine and Applied Arts (M.F.A.), 2004
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bachelors of Fine Arts- Art History (B.F.A.), 2000
- University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign
Bachelors of Fine Arts- Painting (B.F.A.), 2000
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign