New Jersey State Library Appoints Maria Baratta as Director of the State Library Information Center – August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022, Trenton, NJ – New Jersey State Librarian Jen Nelson has announced that Maria Baratta has been named the State Library’s new Director of the State Library Information Center (SLIC).  Reporting to the State Librarian, Baratta will direct all aspects of SLIC, including the research library’s collection, services and a staff of more than 40. She will start in her new capacity immediately.

During her 17-year tenure at the State Library, Baratta has developed an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the State Library Information Center having worked in various positions of increasing responsibility. In her most recent role as the Associate Director of SLIC and Head of Reference Services, she had oversight over all operations of reference services, staff management, and major projects. Under the direction of the State Librarian, in her new role Baratta will organize, plan and direct all aspects of SLIC operations, including managing special collections such as the law library and library agreements with other state agencies. The State Library Information Center also serves as the primary research facility for Thomas Edison State University.

Baratta brings extensive experience in library administration to the position.  Prior to joining the SLIC team, she served as Associate Director of the State Library’s Talking Book & Braille Center from 2008-2015 where she oversaw readers’ advisory, circulation and equipment management. Much of her career has been in special subject libraries including 13 years as Library Manager of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Information Resource Center and eight years as the Chief of Research Services with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Library. She also spent two years as the Collection Management Director at the Bucks County Free Library in Doylestown, PA, supervising selection and technical processing of print and e-book collections, interlibrary loan and online database services.

The Morrisville, PA, resident earned her bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and her Master’s in Library Science from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. She holds professional librarian certificates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 

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