Featured Member: Meggan Houlihan

Meggan Houlihan is Arts Librarian, Coordinator of Library Instruction and Student Programs, NYUAD Library, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  She has been a member of CLS for 1 1/2 years.

Share your CLS experiences. Which committees have your served on? Have you ever attended a Friday Nite Feast? Tell us about CLS programs you’ve attended at ACRL or ALA.
I’ve truly enjoyed all of the CLS programs that I have attended at ALA and ACRL, and I look forward to the upcoming program at ALA 2018. I think the best part about CLS programming is the ability of the planning committees to identify critical topics in our field, select innovative presenters, and create an open discussion amongst librarians from diverse backgrounds.

Favorite author(s)? Any recent books you enjoyed?
I’m currently reading “A Column of Fire,” by Ken Follett. I’ve really enjoyed Follett’s other books, and I think this is the perfect book to kick off my maternity leave. I hope our daughter enjoys it as much as I know I will!

Most amazing library you have ever seen?
This is a really tough question. I’ve been extremely lucky to have visited some of the most beautiful and historic libraries in the world. If I had to pick one memorable library visit, I would have to say my visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina with my best friend from library school and fellow CLS member, Chelsea Hanrahan, was simply amazing. To see where libraries first started was pretty incredible.

How do you keep current with LIS, technology, pedagogy, and other professionally-related topics? What are your favorite journals, listservs, Twitter handles, blogs, journals, and other sources?
Call me old fashioned, but I read a lot. A lot of my colleagues tell me get on Twitter for PD purposes, but I still appreciate reading print and electronic journals when they are released. I always read College & Research Libraries, Communications in Information Literacy, Journal of Academic Librarianship, etc. I also follow the ACRL blog, which is really helpful for getting updates about what is happening in academic librarianship.

Contact Meggan by email: mah23@nyu.edu