Welcome Megan Rosenbloom, Collection Strategies Librarian

Please join us in welcoming Megan Rosenbloom to the UCLA Library. As our Collection Strategies Librarian, she will be based in the Charles E. Young Research Library once it is safe to return to campus. We asked Megan a few questions about herself and her professionalMegan Rosenbloom portrait shot in front of bookcase aspirations.

What goals/hopes do you have for this year as our new Collection Strategies Librarian?

I'm excited to work with Associate University Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication Alison Scott to refine both the daily and big-picture responsibilities for this new role, and in particular, I'm looking forward to finding ways to be of service to the University of California's transformative open access initiatives. I believe that budgets are moral documents, so I will be working with an eye towards making sure that collections money and attention is focused in a way that aligns with UCLA Library values.

How has your prior experience prepared you for this role at the UCLA Library?

I have about a decade's worth of collection development experience in an academic medical library, where I also worked closely with the university library on our bigger package deals, so I'll be using that experience as a jumping-off point for collection management for the entire academic library at UCLA.

What projects will you be tackling first?

My first priority will be getting to know all the stakeholders at the UCLA Library and learning to navigate the UC system, which is much larger than my previous institution. I think building relationships will be a crucial part of this role, and although it will be interesting to start during a pandemic, I will be putting a lot of energy towards making those connections happen!

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

With a toddler at home, I get to do far less reading and watching than I'd prefer, but I did just have my latest book club meeting. It's an amazing group of readers and writers going ten years strong, and this was our first Zoom meeting which was a bit bittersweet. We read Teju Cole's Open City. I'm finishing up the galley of my friend Colin Dickey's latest, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsessions with the Unexplained and next up on my reading list is Jennifer Harvey's Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Oh, and I've been very busy reading my own book, Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin; it's in final production proofs in preparation for its October release. So, I guess I'm still getting some reading done, even if it's slower than usual! Aside from reading, I also enjoy knitting.

 

We are delighted to have Megan at the UCLA Library. You can contact her at meganrosenbloom@library.ucla.edu.