Recently, she was featured in the IUPUI Today email with a nice Q&A.
Lecturer for library and information science, School of Informatics and Computing
Lydia Spotts is a master’s graduate of IUPUI and has spent much of her professional career working in nonprofit, government, academic and corporate archives. She started as an adjunct faculty member in 2017 and will be teaching three courses this semester: Archival Arrangement and Description, The Book 1450 to the Present, and Career Planning and Engaging with the library and information science profession. Her interests are digital preservation, particularly email preservation; information lifecycle management; small archives management; and labor concerns in the library and information science and archives fields, such as precarious employment and salary transparency.
Q: How would you describe your teaching/instruction style?
A: Collaborative, hands-on and discussion-based. Our graduate students bring a wealth of knowledge from previous studies and careers. I enjoy learning with them.
Q: Why are you pursuing this career? What do you enjoy about being a professor?
A: I enjoy the opportunity to reflect on the profession and consider how to improve it. I hope educating emergent professionals and empowering them to critique structures and advocate effectively will help achieve positive change.
Q: What is something from your research, studies or teaching that you found particularly interesting and notable?
A: The disconnect between the general public’s demand for information and the understanding of labor and infrastructure costs to preserve and provide access to it.
Q: If you aren’t working, what are you most likely doing?
A: Gardening, biking, hiking, reading, and visiting local museums and galleries.