MEGHAN Holloway
Author, Librarian, Researcher
As both an author and a reader, I have an avid interest in libraries:  in their history, in their responsibility to the community, and in their continuation as storehouses of knowledge. A library has many functions in this day and age. Such institutions provide education, pleasure, and the preservation of the written words of the minds that have come before us—and of our own to serve future generations. 

In a culture dominated by technology, it is the librarian’s role to maintain, protect, and promote traditional forms of literature while still progressing with and remaining accessible to this digital era. It is finding this balance—preserving the time-honored forms of literature with the tools and resources of a future-minded culture and striving to remind our generation of the necessity of this task—that I believe is one of the most exciting and challenging opportunities that those in the archives professions faces. 

It was through libraries—my father’s, my grandmother’s, school, and city—that my love for collections of books was cemented. And it was through these public, institutional, and private libraries that my love of literature grew and I was able to breach time and continents and worlds. I survived the holocaust with Elie Wiesel. I sailed the seas aboard the Pequod; I was a slave with Frederick Douglass; I battled for Middle Earth; I explored colonial Africa and India; I froze to death with a man in Alaska, unable to build a fire. Every time I study a work of literature, it is, as C.S. Lewis wrote in An Experiment in Criticism, “an experience so momentous that only experiences of love, religion or bereavement can furnish a standard of comparison” (3).