Director of Brockton Public Library, Brockton, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Marcus is director of Brockton Public Library in Brockton, Mass. She is current vice president/president elect of the Massachusetts Library Association. She has held positions as director at public libraries, as state aid specialist for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and as trustee/friends liaison for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Prior to her career in library service, she served as a manager in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court/Trial Court, Office of Jury Commissioner. She is the principal contributing editor of the Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Handbook published in 2000.
Marcus received a bachelor's from Harvard University in 1978 and a master's in library science from Simmons College in 1997. She was named Paralibrarian Advocate of the Year by the Massachusetts Library Association and was instrumental in founding and developing the MLA Paralibrarian Section. Marcus is past president of Old Colony Library Network. In addition to her work in library service, Marcus is a soprano soloist, poet, blogger and author of the literary novel "Memories of Glory." In her capacity as library director, she has founded and developed Author/Speaker series, Food for Fines programs, a library fundraising foundation, One City/One Book community literacy programs and fundraising gala events. Marcus also has conducted LSTA grants and private corporate grants. She brought a NASA-sponsored display of moon rocks to the library in 2009. Marcus is passionate about public libraries' role in supporting democracy and recycling.