Turning Outward

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Date(s) - 05/07/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Online

In the 21st century librarians are thinking more about outreach, engagement, collaboration, and innovation when it comes to everyday tasks such as programming, collection development, instruction, and reference support. Many libraries are thinking more about what is happening outside of their spaces, to provide improved services and resources inside their spaces. Some libraries are moving from traditional models of reference, instruction, and collection development to active mobile spaces, where communities come together to collectively produce, curate, and consume information. The Rutgers University Art Library uses the ideas of turning outward to connect with the local campus and New Brunswick communities, to provide innovative programming that engages a wide range of patrons as well as highlights the library collections and local scholarly research. Want to learn more about how to “turn outward” please join us on May 7, 2019 at 10am for a presentation and Q & A session with Megan Lotts.

The author will discuss case studies from the Rutgers University Libraries including, The Embedded Reference Program, The Rutgers Art Library Exhibition Spaces (RALES), the Rutgers University Libraries Coloring initiatives, Button-making, LEGO play, an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, and Banned Books Week.

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Priority seating will be given to TBLC Members.

Biography ~ Megan Lotts
Megan Lotts is the Art Librarian at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she uses techniques of turning outward to facilitate programming and events, provides reference and instruction support, builds collections, 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 Academic, Journal of Library administration, multiple articles in College and Research Libraries News and more. Her research interests include outreach, engagement, and makerspaces, and is known for her work with implementing LEGO play, at the Rutgers Art Library, as well as her work curating, the Rutgers Art Library Exhibition Spaces.

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 art-works.

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