Name, job title, and location: Meg Meiman, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services, Lauinger Library.
What do you do at the Library—in 10 words or less? Work with wonderful colleagues to promote library services and collections.
Where are you from? I grew up in northern Alabama, though I was born in Indiana and my family lived in California and Tennessee before moving to Alabama. My parents still live in Alabama and for that reason I consider it home, though I've been lucky enough to live and feel at home in other places—Baltimore; Northampton, Massachusetts; and now Arlington, Virginia.
Do you have any hobbies? Hiking, cooking, sight-seeing, cycling, and—perhaps one day again—tap dancing. Being able to make syncopated sounds with your feet in a room full of other people doing the same thing at the same time is a lot of fun.
What are you learning right now? Right now I'm trying to teach myself how to crochet (and deeply grateful for YouTube videos). Years ago my grandmother taught me how to do two basic crochet stitches, and it's been nice remembering and getting back to what she taught me.
What are your favorite fall activities? Hiking and cooking. Once the weather turns cool, I love being able to walk in the woods for a few hours, then go back to my apartment to make something hearty, like homemade mac 'n’ cheese. For some reason I always associate mac 'n’ cheese with cool weather (I think it's all the cheese), though growing up in Alabama it was definitely a year-round dish.
What couldn't you live without? Coffee. Cupcakes are a very close second.
Who was your favorite teacher in school? One of my favorite teachers was actually someone I learned from after school: My former ballet teacher, Mira Popovich. She's from Croatia and is a thoughtful, passionate teacher. Sometimes she would literally chase my classmates and me across the floor when we weren't moving fast enough. She taught me the importance of being disciplined (in a good way), accepting constructive criticism, and practicing continuous assessment.
In your dream house, what is one room or feature you'd want to include? From an environmental standpoint I know I should say solar panels, but I think I'd have to go with built-in bookshelves.
If you didn’t work in your current field, what would you be doing? Probably teaching. When I was in graduate school I taught college writing for a few years, and always enjoyed engaging with students—seeing them get excited about works by different authors, and helping them develop their writing and thinking over the course of a semester. Also, when my sister and I were very little we'd play "school," which amounted to one of us playing the teacher and the other one the student—and I always wanted to be the teacher.