<span class="padlock_text"></span> v28 #4 Profiles Encouraged: Megan Lowe

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Interim Assistant Dean/Coordinator of Public Services/Associate Professor
University Library, University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)
700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA  71209
Phone:  (318) 342-3041  •  Fax:  (318) 342-1075
<lowe@ulm.edu>  •  http://www.ulm.edu/~lowe

Born and lived:  Jackson, MS, in 1979;  lived most of my life in Jackson until moving to Hattiesburg, MS, to attend the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to obtain my MLIS.  Lived and worked briefly in Missouri before moving to Monroe, LA.  Have been in Monroe and at ULM since 2003.

Early life:  Lived in Jackson most of my life.  My mother was a school teacher until the early 1990s, when she became a school counselor.  My dad worked for my hometown newspaper, The Clarion Ledger.  They’re both retired now and live in Raymond, MS.  I attended Mississippi College (MC) following high school;  I obtained a Bachelor’s in English from MC and worked in the campus library the whole time I attended MC.  I began working on a Master’s in English at MS before transferring to USM.  My parents have run their church library for many years, and I still volunteer in that library (which still uses a card catalog!).  In 2008 I obtained a second Master’s degree (in English) from ULM.

Professional career and activities:  I started at ULM in 2003 as a tenure-track reference/instructional librarian.  Since then, I have obtained tenure and have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  In 2012 I became the Coordinator of Public Services.  In 2010 I founded Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, an open access, peer-reviewed journal focus on academic librarianship;  I still serve as the editor.  I have published several articles on various topics.  I co-authored a book chapter on my state’s consortium.  I frequently present at conferences on a variety of topics.  I’m a huge supporter of information literacy, open access, digital textbooks, institutional repositories, and digital humanities.  I hope to move into library administration in the next few years.

Family:  I’m married to Eric;  we’ll celebrate 14 years of marriage in October.  We have several cats with definitive (and sometimes infuriating) personalities.  We have two goddaughters and three nieces, with another niece and a nephew on the way in July!  My parents and Eric’s mom still live in MS, as do my brother and sister and their families.  Eric’s brother lives in Lake Charles, LA, with his family.

In my spare time:  What spare time?  Just kidding!  I read, write poetry, freelance edit, and enjoy several hobbies including making jewelry, making soap, making candles, putting together puzzles, and playing videogames.  I particularly enjoy traveling, especially to attend heavy metal concerts.  I am also a huge letter writer and enjoy sending letters and cards to family and friends all over the world.

Favorite books:  Pattern Recognition, Necromancer, and Count Zero by William Gibson;  The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike;  The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr. Hoffmann by Angela Carter;  Dune by Frank Herbert;  Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen;  The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel;  The Witching Hour, Cry to Heaven, and Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice;  and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.

Pet peeves:  Whistling (especially in the library);  people who don’t respect personal space;  people who eat with their mouths open;  people who wait until the last minute to get their research and then get mad at me because I can’t work miracles;  discourtesy/rudeness;  and presumption.

Philosophy:  Love is the best thing we have, and it’s the best thing we can give others.  Love has many forms, many shapes and shades.  Compassion is too often overlooked and is perhaps one of the most important forms of love we can show.

Most memorable career achievement:  Being made the Interim Assistant Dean of the library just four short years after becoming the Coordinator of Public Services — and achieving both of those things before the age of 40.

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now:  To have some significant experience as the Assistant Dean under my belt and hopefully become an Assistant Dean at another library.  I also hope to achieve the rank of Full Professor.

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  More and more focused on digital resources and assisting our communities (whether that’s a campus community, a school, or a neighborhood) in the creation of digital products — I think the traditional research paper/project is going to morph into something more multidimensional as people gain more and more access to digital resources and tools.  I think librarians will still be relevant and needed to guide people in the use and application of these resources and tools.  Librarianship is not slow to change, but people are slow to accept change in libraries and library resources.  I think some of the changes that libraries are undergoing at this time (going from temples to books to more social spaces that facilitate collaboration) will see fruition in five years, but not on as wide a scale as I would hope.


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