Megan Lotts is the Art Librarian for Reference and Instruction Services a department within the Rutgers University Libraries. Her office is located in the Art Library on the Voorhees Mall (College Avenue campus). Lotts currently serves as a liaison to the departments of Art History, Digital Filmmaking, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Arts. As well as her work as an Art Librarian, Lotts works closely with the undergraduate population including teaching a course for the Rutgers SAS Honors program. At Rutgers, Lotts has served as the chair of the Undergraduate Experience Team, the chair of the Advisory Committee of Library Services for Person with Disabilities, and 2 years as Faculty Secretary. Lotts is also a member of the Institute for Women and Art Advisory Council, a member of the School of Arts & Sciences Honors College summer reader committee, as well and an advisor to the student run Super Smash Brothers Club, and Tardis: the RU Doctor Who club.
Lotts is involved in multiple professional organizations including American Libraries Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), and Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Lotts currently serves at the Secretary for the ACRL Arts Section Executive Committee, and is an active member of the ACRL Arts section and member of ARLIS SCIP (supporting creative practice), EBSCO Arts Advisory Board, and a member of New Jersey Library Association (NJLA). She has previously served as a member of the ACRL Arts Conference Programming Planning Committee- San Francisco, ACRL/Arts Nominating Committee, ACRL Immersion Program Committee, and member of College Art Association member.
Lotts’ research is focused on the user experience, making, outreach & engagement, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and community building. Her current research on Lego Play and active learning in academic libraries is gaining notoriety. She is also known her work curating the Rutgers Art Library Exhibition Spaces and elevating the Arts on the Rutgers campuses.
As a trained painter and visual artist Lotts has exhibited her work in Darmstadt Germany, The National Botanical gardens in Washington DC., Malmö, Sweden, Art Basel: Miami, Florida, New York City, NY; Madison, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Memphis, TN; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Boston, MA, Florida International University: Miami, Florida, Museu de Arte de Brasilia, Brazil, Champaign-Urbana, IL, and Mattoon, IL.
Lotts has received multiple grants, awards, and scholarships from the Madison, Wisconsin CitiARTS program, the Friends of Morris Library, UWPA Southern Illinois University at Carbondale- women’s professional development travel award, Dane County Cultural Affairs Grant for Li- Chiao-Ping Dance, University of Wisconsin-Madison International Committee Grant in support of Artist- Edgardo Madanas (Buenos Aries, Argentina), Wisconsin Arts Board Scholarship, National Endowment Arts (NEA) grant for Li-Chiao-Ping Dance, David and Edith Sinaiko Frank graduate fellowship for women in the arts.
Lotts holds degrees of a BFA in Painting, a BFA in Art History from the University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana, as well as an MFA in Visual Arts with a focus on painting & installation and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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