September 21, 2017

Megan Lotts: If You Build It, They Will Come (to the Library)

When Megan Lotts sat down to work with LEGO bricks for the first time at the March 2014 i2c2 Conference in Manchester, UK, more clicked for her than just the plastic bricks. Once she returned from the conference, Lotts—arts librarian on the research and instructional services library faculty at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ—sourced 150 pounds of discarded LEGO bricks and installed a LEGO station at the Rutgers Arts Library. There, for the past two years, students and faculty have gathered to work through logistical problems, de-stress, and simply play. Lotts offers LEGO workshops, uses LEGO bricks in course assignments, and has taken a sabbatical to bring them on a 6,000-mile road trip to universities across the country to demonstrate the Making power—and the joy—LEGO bricks can bring to an academic library.