Meg Backus joined the Anchorage Public Library as the IT Manager of the Anchorage Public Library in December 2014. Meg earned her Masters of Library Science from, and has taught at, Syracuse University’s School of Information. Most recently she worked as the Systems Administrator and Chief Maker at the Chattanooga Public Library where she managed the The 4th Floor project, a public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology, and the applied arts. Prior to that she lived in Upstate New York where her most visible achievement was the LibraryFarm, a half-acre public lot plowed and collectively gardened by library members. She has 6 years of library experience, having developed innovative, civic-minded library projects featured in Wired, on NPR, and in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Meg is interested in libraries as places to explore the delivery of creative, productive, equitable public spaces which leverage community expertise, allow for growth and flexibility, and evolve according to local needs in ways that align with fundamental library values like inclusiveness, access, and cooperation. She thinks of libraries as active testing grounds for building the society that should exist.