Meet Elizabeth Marszalik

What do I do at the library: As one of the Managers of Library Experiences and Initiatives, I ensure that all library collections—physical and digital—at all library locations meet the diverse needs and aspirations of our community, and that they provide outstanding library experiences for engagement, learning, and stewardship. I manage Materials Services, which includes materials selections and deselection; providing content discovery and access via our online catalog and an easy-to-browse and easy-to-find library collection; providing interlibrary loan services; and ensuring a quick and smooth return and availability of materials.

How I turn outward: In everything I do at the Oak Park Public Library, I always keep in mind our community we serve and that collections and services in our library should reflect our community's interests and needs. In spite of working mostly behind the scenes, I aim to be deeply engaged in all library experiences and work collaboratively across the whole organization.

Favorite "hidden library gem": This is not completely hidden, but I like browsing the World Literature, World Films, and World Music CD collections on the Second Floor of the Main Library and discovering interesting books, movies, and music from around the world. 

My favorite thing about Oak Park: It is very hard to select just one favorite thing about Oak Park. I really like its diversity, history, parks, and small-town urban atmosphere, which is completely different from many other Chicago suburbs. If I would really need to select one favorite thing about Oak Park, I would definitely say diversity of the people, cultures, and arts in the community.

What I'm reading right now: I’m reading now, for the second time, The Story of a Secret State: My Report to the World by Jan Karski. The library will host Jan Karski’s Mission for Humanity traveling exhibition from September 29 through October 14, and I would encourage everyone to read Karski’s memoir and testimony on World War II and the Holocaust.

(August 14, 2015)