Megan Allen
Education Background: 
Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Nazareth College / Presently attending University at Buffalo's Information and Library Science Master's Degree Program.

What was your professional background before your current position?
Before I came to Alfred University I was the assistant manager of the Sherwin Williams in Bath, New York. I worked there for a year and a half. I worked in Nazareth College's Library as a student assistant while I was completing my undergraduate degree, and I worked in the Wayland Free Library as a page in high school.

Describe your current position:
My current position as the Digital Projects Coordinator allows me to work in both libraries on the Alfred University campus: Herrick and Scholes Libraries. It is my responsibility to digitize various archival materials, create and maintain digital collections, and establish and organize the associated metadata. This is intended to promote the long-term storage of historical and archival materials that may otherwise deteriorate with time.

What do you like best about your work?
I love being able to learn more about the history of the community that I work in and get to interact with. Being immersed in the culture of Alfred through my job is absolutely fascinating!

What has been your biggest professional challenge?
Presently, I would say that my biggest challenge is determining what projects are the most important to prioritize. There is such an abundance of information available to digitize and preserve! Sometimes making those choices can feel slightly overwhelming.

How are you seeing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion play a more prominent role in your work environment?
Everyone on campus is so incredibly accepting. We have such a diverse population of students and employees alike, where everyone is comfortable enough to be 100% themselves. I could not be more grateful to work in such an inclusive environment! Everyone truly makes me feel at home here.

What other organizations are you involved with?
At times I still volunteer my services to the Wayland Free Library!

What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
Maintain curiosity and a love of learning!

Are there any tips you would like to share that help you get things done?
Create a timeline / calendar of what project to complete when. Time management is crucial.

Favorite blog or website:
I don't really have one.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the fact that I decided to go back to school and finish my Master's Degree in the field I truly love. I'm graduating in August 2023 and I could not be more excited!

What is one thing you would you like to learn?
As I continue to grow into my new role, I would like to learn more about the University Archives and how the artifacts stored there can be further integrated into the realm of digital projects.

What are you most looking forward to doing this winter?
In my spare time I really enjoy completing DIY home improvement projects. My goal this winter is to tile my shower!

Thank you Megan!
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