Megan A. Brooks
Director of Research & Instructional Support
Library, Information, & Technology Services
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street, South Hadley MA 01075
Phone: 413-538-3357


B.A., College of Saint Benedict, Psychology, May 1993
M.L.S., Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, December 1995


Career History

Mount Holyoke College Library, Information, & Technology Services
South Hadley, MA

  • Director of Research & Instructional Support, October 2015-present

Wellesley College Library & Technology Services (formerly Information Services)
Wellesley, MA

  • Director, Research Services; April 2011 – September 2015
  • Director, Research, Instruction, & Computing Support; July 2009 – March 2011
  • Director, Research & Instruction; June 2007 – June 2009
  • Manager, Research & Instruction; February 2006 – May 2007

Swarthmore College Library
Swarthmore, PA

  • Social Sciences Librarian & Library Public Computing Coordinator; June 2000-January 2006
  • Acting Head of Reference; July 2004-December 2004
  • Acting Digital Services Librarian; July 2003-December 2003

University of Northern Iowa Library
Cedar Falls, IA

  • Reference Librarian & Bibliographer; February 1998-May 2000

Louisiana State University Libraries
Baton Rouge, LA

  • Social Sciences & Electronic Reference Services Librarian; January 1996-January 1998


Bridging Curriculum to Career: ePortfolios at Mount Holyoke College

With remote presenters Amber Welch and Caro Pinto; Pecha Kucha presentation at the 28th Annual CLAC Conference, Washington & Lee University on June 15, 2016.

Developing an Instructional & Research Technology Program

With Rebecca Darling; presentation to the Western Massachusetts Health Information Consortium on December 4, 2015.

Responsive, Collaborative Workshops: Removing the Sage on Stage from Faculty Development

With Rebecca Darling; lightning round presentation at the October Conference, Dartmouth College on October 16, 2015.

Putting the Tech on Deck: Removing the Sage on the Stage from Faculty Development

Remote presentation with Rebecca Darling; presentation delivered by Heather Woods at CLAC 2015 Conference, Lafayette, PA on June 18, 2015.

Abstract: Wellesley has struggled to engage faculty in communities of learning around the use of technology in their pedagogies. Our faculty development programs had whimpered into non-existence due to low interest and attendance and efforts to build enthusiastic communities of faculty around instructional technologies never lasted beyond an initial meeting. In needs assessment meetings with academic departments we consistently heard that faculty wanted LTS to take a leadership role in this area, but how? This year we explored a new active learning model which took a small group of faculty through a more contextualized and in some cases experimental experience. While the overall outcomes are still being determined we have been able to compare initial feedback to previous “tech-led” workshops held a year ago and those results are encouraging.

Reorganizing For The Future

With Betty Febo, Brad Alexander, Deborah Lenares, Heather Woods, Erin Richardson, Sandra Roberts from Wellesley College, and Dave Wedaman from Brandeis University, presented this NERCOMP SIG on Oct. 7, 2010.

Abstract: As our campuses become increasingly digital environments, our user communities’ approach to and demands on our library & technology resources and services continue to evolve. How are our roles as librarians and technologists adapting to keep up?  How do we organize our staff and our work to provide the flexibility needed to adapt to changing needs and expectations? As service needs and budgets change how do we retain (perhaps retrain) valuable staff and realign our work to our core priorities? How do academic support departments take advantage of the intersection/overlap of our skills and responsibilities in addition to our specialties? In this session we will look at examples of staff reorganization, collaborative work groups and other strategies used to establish cross-departmental support for research and instruction. Participants will engage in discussion about successful collaborative relationships, goals and challenges in their own organizations as we consider what successful working groups might look like now and in the near future. Discussion groups will also consider the professional development, management and community involvement necessary to support these models.

Integrating Critical Literacies into the Curriculum

With Alana Kumbier, Rebecca Darling, Laura O’Brien, Carolin Ferwerda, Heather Woods  from Wellesley College, and Kerrie Peterson from Brandeis University, presented this interactive NERCOMP SIG on Sept. 16, 2010.

Abstract: Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, Visual Literacy, Media Literacy, Spatial Literacy…  How are we defining “critical literacies” on our campuses? What “literacy” skills do our students need to succeed as undergraduate students and graduates?  What is the “right” time to introduce/reinforce them? Is there an ideal format? How are we assessing levels of understanding in our students and/or our programming? Who are our campus partners in addressing literacies across the curriculum? Where do our efforts fit within a student’s K-16 experience? We will tackle these questions together in this mixed-format SIG including examples of existing literacy programs and group discussion.

Wellesley Plus: Integrating Library and IT into a Supplementary First Year Experience

With Heather Woods, then-Director of Digital Media and Instruction, presented this session at the 2007 NERCOMP SIG on IT/Library Collaborations in Teaching and Learning and at the 2008 New England Association of Independent School Librarians annual conference.

Abstract: Wellesley College is piloting a supplementary program for a small number of first-year students in 07-08. Along with enhanced advising and co-curricular support, students are attending a weekly 2.5 hour lab session taught by Information Services staff covering finding, analyzing and producing information in print, graphics, audio and video. In this lab, which runs in conjunction with their expository writing courses, students will experience a range of strategies for planning, research, content development, and publication. Because the lab is being co-taught by our library and technical staff we are able to provide the students with a more comprehensive and connected look at information history, sources and production.

Cooperative Monographic Collection Development, Pt. 3: Developing a Shared Approval Plan: The Tri-Colleges Experience

At the 2005 Charleston Conference, Amy McColl (Swarthmore College), Bob Kieft (then of Haverford College), and I talked about two shared approval plans, piloted in 2004-2005 in the Tri-College Consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges). The Tri-Colleges used YBP’s GOBI system in order to create shared, virtual approval plans among the three colleges using two different approaches. Discussions focused on how the idea for the projects evolved (Kieft), bibliographer input into approval profile design (Adams), and technical workflow (McColl).

Evaluting Women’s Studies Resources: Building Upon Collaborative Strengths

At the 2003 ALA/CLA Annual Conference, Kelly Barrick Hovendick, Mary Nofsinger, and I presented a poster session on the Core Lists in Women’s Studies developed and maintained by the Women’s Studies Section of ACRL.

Collaborative Virtual Reference Services: The Tri-College Libraries Experience

At the 2003 Mid-Atlantic Regional Educause Conference, Mark Colvson from Bryn Mawr College and I gave a presentation on the Tri-College Libraries’ LiveHelp service.

Collaborative Virtual Reference Services: The Tri-College Libraries Experience

At the 2002 Educause Conference, Mark Colvson from Bryn Mawr College and I presented a poster session on the Tri-College Libraries’ LiveHelp service.

Building a Web-Based Library Orientation through Competition and Cooperation

At the 1999 ILA/ACRL Spring Conference, Beth Clausen, Susan Moore, Barb Weeg, and I presented a session focusing on the cooperative and competitive tactics used to obtain desired resources and skills for the creation of the Rod Library Orientation.

Library Services for Distance Education

Workshops and presentations delivered to library and education groups through SK-LIBRIS: The Slovakia Free Flow of Information Project, March 12-27, 1999, Bratislava and Nitra, Slovakia. With Barbara Safford.

Underpaid? Under-employed? Under-appreciated?: The Systems Approach to Job Hunting

In June 1997, Penny Beile and I presented a poster session at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA. This web site includes the handout given at the poster session, as well as web resources for library job hunting.

LOLA+ Presentation

This was given at the NOTIS User’s Group Meeting in September 1997 that shows off the unified electronic reference workstation used at LSU Libraries in 1997.


Blanchat, Kelly and Brooks, Megan. (2015 June 15). Collecting Cats: Library Lessons from Neko Atsume. ACRLog.  Authors’ pre-print.

Brooks, Megan.  (25 September 2014). “Hospitality and Your New Staff Member.” Letters to a Young Librarian.

Brooks, Megan. (14 August 2014.) “Job Fit Revisited: What to Do When You Are the Square Peg.” Letters to a Young Librarian.

Wolfson, A. and Brooks, M. (10 December 2013.) “With altmetrics on the rise, the education community can capture insights into how pedagogy research is being used.” LSE Impact of Social Sciences.

Wolfson, A., Brooks, M., Kumbier, A., and Lenares, D. (2013.) “Monitoring and Promoting the Impact of Pedagogically-Related Scholarship.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. doi: 10.1002/bmb.20730. Authors’ pre-print.

Beile, Penny M. and Adams, Megan M. (July 2000). “Other Duties As Assigned: Emerging Trends in the Academic Library Job Market.” College & Research Libraries, 61 (4) 336-347.

Adams, Megan. (1999). “WSS Annual Program: Inquiring and Learning Between the Lines: Interdisciplinary Research and the Academic Library.” Women’s Studies Section Newsletter 14 (2), 4.

Adams, Megan. (1996). “Evaluation of Cabinet-Level World Wide Web Homepages.” Government Information Quarterly 13 (3), 329-335.

Reviewer for CHOICE, 1996-2003.

Professional Activities

Social Science Librarians Boot Camp

2015 Program Planning Committee

Association of College and Research Libraries’ Women’s Studies Section

2006-2007: WSS Awards Committee chair
2005-2006: Chair of WSS
2004-2005: Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of WSS
2000-present: compiler of WSSLinks page on Women & Politics
2000-2004: editor of WSS web site
1998-2001: co-editor of Corelists in Women’s Studies
1997-2008: compiler of corelist on women and law

Awards & Honors

  • Graduate Leadership Award, Syracuse University School of Information Studies, 1996
  • Beta Phi Mu, Pi Lambda Sigma chapter, 1996
  • Graduate Assistantship and Full Scholarship, Syracuse University School of Information Studies, 1994-1995

Last updated: 06/20/2016