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, Lotts works closely with the undergraduate population including teaching a course for the Rutgers SAS Honors program and a Byrne Seminar on the Evolution and Art of Books. 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 adviser 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.
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.