In the 21st century librarians are thinking more about outreach, engagement, collaboration, and innovation when it comes to everyday tasks such as programming, building collections, and providing instruction and reference support. Many libraries are beginning to think more about what is happening outside of their spaces, to provide better services and resources inside their spaces.
Some libraries are moving from traditional models of reference and instruction, to active mobile spaces outside the libraries, 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. 

Through this webinar you will learn:
• more about outreach, engagement, and what it means to turn outward;
• how to create low-cost high-impact innovative programming within your own organization;
• about the Rutgers Art Library Exhibition Spaces, Pop-up Makerspaces; and
• a recent Banned Books Week celebration funded by the Freedom to Read Foundation.

Using Outreach and Engagement to Develop Unconventional and Unique Collaboration

  • 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. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally and has published articles in portal: the Libraries in Academia, Art Documentation, Journal of Library administration, College and Research Libraries News and is currently working on a book for the American Libraries Association focusing on creativity and play in libraries. Megan earned her MFA and MLIS from Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and has a BFA in Painting and BFA in Art History from the Univ. of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana.


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