2010-2012: Public Services Librarian, Paul Smith's College
2010 - Master of Science in Library Science: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
2007 - Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies and Religion: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
Awards and Distinctions
2013: "Indian Cinema Centenary Film Festival". Public Engagement Grant, University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, (Co-PI).
2014: “Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Foreign Publications in a Research Library”. UIUC Library Research & Publications Committee Grant, (Co-PI).
Lenkart, J., Teper, T., Thacker, M., & Witt, S. "Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Less Commonly Taught Language Collections in a Research Library." College & Research Libraries, 76(2) (2015): 222-233.
Thacker, M. "Beyond Library of Congress: Collecting Practices of South Asia Area Specialist Librarians." Library Resources and Technical Services, 59(2) (2015): 72-83.
Thacker, M., 2011. [Review of the book: Organizational Storytelling for Librarians: Using Stories for Effective Leadership, by K. Marek]. Journal of Library Innovation, 2(2) .
Thacker, M., 2012. "A Paradigm Shift: Changing Approaches in the Classroom. College &Research Libraries News, 73(3) (2012), 148-149. (editorial submission)
Lenkart, J., Teper, T., Thacker, M. & Witt, S., 2015. "Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Area Studies Collections in a Research Library: Balancing the Eco-System to Manage Scarce Resources" (Paper presented at the ACRL Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 25-28 2015).
Laut, J., Thacker, M., 2015. "Learning from the Past, Engaging with the Present: Enriching Undergraduate Education Through Collaboration." History @ Illinois.
Thacker, M., "“Keeping it Glocal: Best Practices for International Outreach in Academic Libraries." JNU Library Professional Development Series, Jawaharlal Nehru University Library, Delhi, India: February 2013
Lenkart, J., Teper, T., Thacker, M., and Witt, S., “The Strength of Libraries: Measuring the Impact of Area Studies Library Collections and Services on International and Area Studies Programs” panel session, 2013 NRC Conference, Columbus, Ohio: February 2013.
Lenkart, J., Teper, T., Thacker, M., and Witt, S., "Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Multilingual Library Collections.” 2013 Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Library Assessment Conference, Rome, Italy: June 2013.
Thacker, M., "Beyond ROI: Challenges and Opportunities in Overseas Buying Trips” poster session, 2013 Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC: November 2013.
Thacker, M., "“Beyond Amar Chitra Katha: Building a Strong Collection of South Asian Comics.” Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: December 2013.
Thacker, M., Rudasill, L., "Multiple Modalities of Assessment: Redesigning a Library Webpage for an Interdisciplinary, International Audience”, 2014 Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Library Assessment Conference, Istanbul, Turkey: June 2014.
Thacker, M., Nagle, S., and Rudasill, L., "A User-Focused Approach to Redesigning a Library Webpage for a Targeted Audience” poster session, 2014 Library Research Showcase, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: November 2014.
Lenkart, J., Teper, T., Thacker, M., Witt, S., "Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Area Studies Collections in a Research Library: Balancing the Eco-system to Manage Scarce Resources”. 2015 ACRL Conference. Portland, OR: March 2015.
Grennan, R., Owen, C., Tallarico, J., and Thacker, M., "Special Collections: Comics and Science Fiction in Libraries" panel session. Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, Chicago, IL: April 2015.
Thacker, M. “Comics Collection Development.” Webinar through the Special Libraries Association Education Division, April 10, 2015.
Croneis, K., Clar, M., Thacker, M., Urquhart, G., Vargha, R., "Graphic Novels: Familiar Challenges and a Revolutionary Opportunity” panel session. 2015 Special Library Association Conference, Boston, MA: June 2015.
Coskun, E., Lenkart, L., Teper, T., Thacker, M., “Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Area Studies Collections in a Research Library” poster session. Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC: November 2015.
Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation (CONSALD), Secretary of Executive Board