Maggie Melo, an alumna of University of Arizona (UA) and a new assistant professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is receiving the 2018 Top Library Cat Award from the University of Arizona Libraries at its Homecoming Library Innovation Breakfast in October. Before graduating in 2018 with a PhD from the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English program in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Melo helped develop the UA Libraries makerspace—the iSpace—and founded the Women Techmakers Tucson Hackathon.
In anticipation of the honor, UA Libraries published a Q&A with Melo. She discusses how the skills she developed through the UA Libraries prepared her for her new position at SILS. “From 3D printing, to sewing, to laser cutting, and to virtual reality, these skills are now instrumental to my work as an assistant professor,” she said.