As Undergraduate Education Librarian and interim Head of the IU Libraries Teaching & Learning Department, Meggan Press' work centers students as learners in the library. As the administrator of IUB’s information literacy grant program, Meggan works closely with faculty and librarians to integrate information literacy throughout the curriculum in many different subject areas. She facilitates a thriving professional community of practice among teaching librarians and uses her expertise in curriculum mapping, program planning, and assessment to bring emphasis and value to the integration of the library into degree programs.
Meggan is interested in the circumstances and modalities that affect student learning, with particular focus on cross-cutting skills represented by information literacy frameworks. Her book, Get the Job: Academic Library Hiring for the New Librarian (2020), aims to demystify the academic hiring process for aspiring academic librarians. Other recent publications include “Semantics as praxis: The challenge of naming the people who use academic libraries” (Journal of Creative Library Practice, 2022), and with Meg Meiman, "A comparison of the effect of physical and digitized primary sources on student engagement and learning" (portal: Libraries and the Academy, 21(1), 2021).
In addition to publishing, Meggan regularly speaks on topics related to her academic interests, including competitively-selected presentations on open educational resources for professional development and best practices for creating accessible and inclusive synchronous instruction online. Additionally, Meggan co-teaches the ILS course Z573 Education of Information Users, which focuses on the important educational theories and practices that provide the foundation for designing and developing education programs in order to teach information literacy in a variety of library settings.
She is motivated to do work that is student-focused, particularly on undergraduates, first-generation, and those experiencing minoritization.