Marek earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, her master's degree in library and information science from Dominican University and her PhD from Emporia (KS) State University. She worked in a variety of library settings before beginning her teaching career at Dominican in 1999. Her recent publications include Using Web Analytics in the Library (2011) and Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Effective Leadership (2010).
"It is an exciting time to serve in a leadership position in the field of library and information science education," says Marek. "The rapid pace of technological change results in an increasingly complex information environment, and I look forward to ensuring that our programs continue to prepare our students to excel in this profession."
Marek has been involved with online teaching and research in online pedagogy since 2006 and continues to be active in the expansion of the GSLIS technology curriculum as well as with university online teaching development. She was named the first Dominican University Borra Technology Fellow in 2011, a program which supported research in the uses of technology in face-to-face and online courses. Her academic areas of interest include information policy and technology developments in information services, including digital libraries and Internet applications.
Dominican University's GSLIS is distinguished by innovative practice and research and has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930s. The school offers an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited master's degree in library and information science, a master of professional studies degree, specialized certificates and a doctoral degree in library and information science.