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Marianne Martens, Ph.D.

Marianne Martens, Ph.D.

Marianne Martens

Marianne Martens, Ph.D., an iSchool faculty member since 2012, teaches courses in the area of youth services librarianship. Her research connects children’s librarianship and publishing, and stretches from historical perspectives on the interconnected-fields, to contemporary studies of how books paired with technology are changing the reading experience for young people. Before coming to iSchool, Martens taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, while pursuing her Ph.D. in library and information science. Previously, she served as the Carole Barham Scholar at The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers, and worked as a children's librarian in New Jersey. Prior to her academic career, Martens was vice president of a small, international publishing company called North-South Books in New York. Martens is fluent in English, Danish, German, Spanish and French, and has translated more than 100 children’s books into English. She is currently working on a book for Palgrave Macmillan called Publishers, Readers and Digital Engagement: Participatory Forums and Young Adult Publishing. You can read more about her work at

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