About Sara

Sara MarksSara Marks is a reader, writer, knitter, candy lover, traveler, geek, speaker, sometime baker, and occasional failure.  She loves unicorns, Paris, her dog Cedric Doggery, her cat Sabine, the color purple, and bacon.

Currently, Sara works as the Instruction and Outreach Librarian at UMass Lowell.  She works directly with the College of Health Sciences students, faculty and staff to support their research needs.  She is responsible for outreach efforts which includes programming for the campus and community.  Her research interests include public programming in academic libraries, social dramas in Wikipedia, and information literacy for health students.  Previously, Sara was Instruction Services & Reference Librarian at Fitchburg State University.  There she developed an information literacy program for the campus.  This included working with faculty to help them understand information literacy in relation to their assignments, setting outcomes for the program, and creating assessment tools.

In her spare time she knits extensively.  She has a selections of patterns she has designed over the past few years.  If you spend any time with her, you will often see her knitting something.  She is also a voracious reader and blogs about reading at her blog Book Club of One.  She runs the Book Lust Challenge group on GoodReads for people who are trying to read the books in Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust books.  Since 2004 she has participated in National Novel Writing Month and related programs.  She has been the municipal liaison, supporting other writers and organizing writing events in Worcester (from 2005-2009) and then Lowell (from 2010- now).  She was a co-founder of Mill Pages writing group and magazine.  She is also a member of the Society of Independent Publishers and Authors (SIPA).

Sara has an MLS from Simmons College and a MS in Communications from Fitchburg State University.  She has earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level of achievement in the organization, from Toastmasters International.