SUNYLA 2023, Keynote Speaker: Megan Lotts

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 and the Academy, Art Documentation, Journal of Library administration, College and Research Libraries News and more.

In 2021 the American Library Association published her first book Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement and will also publish her second book “The Playful Library” forthcoming July 2024. 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.