HOUGHTON - Bringing a vast background of experience and a mind full of bright ideas, Ellen Marks is busy settling into her new position at Michigan Technological University.
Marks has been named university librarian and director of the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Tech. Provost Max Seel announced the new director over the summer and she has since made the transition from once serving as director of the Shiffman Medical Library and Learning Resource Center, part of the Wayne State Library system, to the Copper Country.
Marks started her new position Aug. 1 and moved into her office at the library and has been making the rounds getting to know that staff.
Ellen Marks, new university librarian and director of the J.R. Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Technological University, stands in front of the library Friday. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Stacey Kukkonen)
"The people are so friendly," she said. "Right now, I've been talking with staff members with the intention of meeting with everybody who is willing to meet with me."
Marks said when the students get back from the summer break, she plans to meet them as well and move forward with the vision for the university.
"The role of academic libraries is changing in a really good way because we have unlimited opportunities to be much more central to the campus rather than academic libraries have traditionally been - book palaces," she said.
With the advancement of technology, tremendous opportunities have been made for students to build information services that students can access anywhere, anytime, she said.
As university librarian and director, Marks will provide leadership and play a big role in planning and development. It's that bright outlook for Tech's future that drew Marks to the school.
"My initial interest was because of the quality of the school," she said. "Michigan Tech is so well thought of."
She said she was also drawn to Houghton and Hancock, which looked like relaxing and enjoyable places to live.
Marks grew up in Cleveland and earned her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a master of science in library and information science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.