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Megan Lotts, M.F.A., M.L.I.S
Art Library | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1248
megan.lotts@rutgers.edu | 848-932-7189 | www.meganlotts.com
link to work in RUcore http://soar.libraries.rutgers.edu/bib/Megan_Lotts/

ACADEMIC DEGREES

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

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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.

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SCHOLARSHIP

BOOK CHAPTERS

Lotts, Megan, “Legos in the Library,” chapter 11 in The Maker Librarian’s Sourcebook, ed. Elyssa Valenti (Chicago: American Libraries Association, 2016). 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Peer-Reviewed

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.

Non Peer-Reviewed

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.

 

PRESENTATIONS & POSTER SESSIONS

International

Lotts, Megan. “Playing with LEGO®, “Making” Campus Connections, and Going Mobile.” Presentation at Counterplay 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, April 14-16, 2016.

Lotts, Megan.  “Implementing a Culture of Creativity: Engaging Events and Making in the Academic Library”. Presentation at i2c2: innovation, inspiration, and creativity conference, Manchester, UK, March 6-8, 2014.

Lotts, Megan, “Woodblock Woodstock: A Celebration of Book Arts Technology and the Evolution of the Printing Press”  Poster Presentation for ARLIS Annual Conference, March, 2012, Toronto, Canada.

Lotts, Megan. “Life as public artist”. Forest Art Germany Speaker Series, August, 2008, Darmstadt, Germany.

National

Lotts, Megan. “Student Paintings, Tattoo artists, and Scientists: the Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces.” Presentation at the Art Libraries Society of North America Mountain West virtual conference, December, 2014.

Lotts, Megan. “Building Bridges, Creating Partnerships and Elevating the Arts: the Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces.” Presentation at American Library Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 23- 28, 2016. 

Lotts, Megan. “Do It, Make It: Current Initiatives and Advice on Creating a Makerspace in Academic Libraries and Visual Resources Centers.” Presentation at Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, March, 2016.

Lotts, Megan. Charmed, I’m Sure: Introducing New Users to Libraries and Visual Resources Collections.” Presentation at Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, March, 2016.

Lotts, Megan. “Teaching Information Literacy Skills Using Creative Play: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Play Station.” Presentation at American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, June, 2015.

Lotts, Megan. “Making” connections across campuses: the Library Lego Playing Station”. Poster Session at American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, June, 2015.

Lotts, Megan and Leslin Charles. The Undergraduate Experience: Is it Enhanced Through Employment as a Library Student Worker?” Poster Session at American Library Association annual conference, San Francisco, California, June, 2015.

Lotts, Megan. “Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library”.  Presentation at the annual Association of College & Research Libraries Conference, Portland, Oregon, March, 2014.

Lotts, Megan. “Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making: the Rutgers University Art Library Lego Playing Station”.  Presentation at the Art Libraries Society of North America Mountain West virtual conference: Testing the Waters: Experimentation in the Arts and Art Librarianship, December, 2014.

Lotts, Megan. Of, By, and For the Artist: The Library as Venue for Student Creativity”. Presentation at the Art Libraries of North America annual conference, Washington, DC, May, 2014.

Lotts, Megan. “Thinking Critically & Conceptually: bringing life and engagement back into a one credit lecture based information literacy course”. Poster Session at the ALA Annual Conference, July, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

Lotts, Megan. “Mobile Goes Both Ways: Using the iPad for Virtual Reference“.  Reference & User Services Association/MARS Virtual Reference Discussion Group, ALA Annual Conference, June, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lotts, Megan. “Out There: Preserving and Accessing Information in a “YouTube Google” World”.  College Art Association annual conference, February, 2011, New York, New York.

Lotts, Megan, et la.Degrees of Change”. Poster Session American Libraries Association Annual Conference, July, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.

Lotts, Megan.New Voices in Art Librarianship”. Paper Presentation at Art Libraries Society of North America Annual Conference, April, 2009, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Regional

Lotts, Megan. “Awesome Outreach by Academic Libraries.”  Presentation at the New Jersey Library Association annual conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May, 2016.

Lotts, Megan and Nancy Kranich.  “Listening to Many Voices: Engaging the Academic Community”.  Invited Co-Keynote speaker for The Times, They Are A-Changin’…Again: Exploring the New Roles of Libraries in Higher Education, Pennsylvania Library Association CRD annual workshop, Millersville University, May 29, 2014, Millersville, Pennsylvania.

Lotts, Megan. “Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library”.  Invited Speaker for Westchester Library Association Annual Conference, May, 2015, Tarrytown, New York.

Lotts, Megan.  “Implementing a Culture of Creativity: Engaging Events and Making in the Academic Library”. Invited Speaker for the Tri-State College Library Cooperative’s Spring Program, April, 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lotts, Megan. “Implementing a Culture of Creativity: Engaging Events and Making in the Academic Library”. Paper presentation at the AcadeMAKE conference, February, 2015, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Lotts, Megan. “Implementing a Culture of Creativity: Engaging Events and Making in the Academic Library”. Paper presentation at the LRS VI conference, October, 2014, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Illinois.

Lotts, Megan.Shoestring Budgets, Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, and Corporate Sponsorship: Programming and marketing the library in the 21st century.”  Poster Session at American College & Research Libraries/NY Symposium, December, 2012, Baruch College, New York City.

Lotts, Megan.  “Information Literacy at Morris Library: New Developments & Creative Opportunities“. Presentation at the Information Literacy Summit at John A Logan Community College, April, 2011, Carterville, Illinois.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

International

Lotts, Megan. Life with Megan & Brady. Conceptual Art Social Media Project.   New Brunswick, New Jersey: July 2016.

Lotts, Megan. Buzz Project. Conceptual Art Social Media Project. Darmstadt, Germany: Vogelfrei 10- StadtgARTen- Urbanity, Mobility, Freedom, August 2013.

Lotts, Megan. Float. Installation of painted lotus flower sculptures. Darmstadt, Germany: Forest Art Germany-Cycles and Systems, August 2008.

Lotts, Megan. Installation of illuminated painted glass house. Darmstadt, Germany: Vogelfrei 7- WindergARTen, October 2007.

National

Lotts, Megan. Painted Mural. Washington, DC: National Environmental Exhibition at the Botanical Garden, commissioned by UW Madison Arboretum for Education, May- October 2008.

Lotts, Megan. Wear It! 200 printed and distributed artist made shirts. Madison, Wisconsin: Madison CitiARTS Blink grant, May 2007.

Lotts, Megan. Artist Book “Why are you a Madisonian” to be opened in 2056 Madison Sesquicentennial Time Capsule. Overture Center Madison, Wisconsin: November 2006.

Lotts, Megan. Upscalling. Madison, Wisconsin: Madison CitiARTS Blink Grant, July 2005.

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