Sara Marks is the Learning Design Librarian at UMass Lowell. She spends her time building online programs to teach research and information literacy skills. This includes managing the educational content for online delivery and participating in the development of the library’s LearningForce. Her research interests include public programming in academic libraries and Wikipedia. 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. If you spend any time with her, you will often see her knitting something. She is a voracious reader and blogs about reading at her blog Book Club of One. Her first novel, Modern Persuasion, was released by Illuminated Myth Publishing in May 2017. Her second novel, Phi Alpha Pi, will be released in May 2018.
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. She will be a certified project manager at the end of the spring semester 2018.