Marieka is a rare book and paper conservator assessing and treating predominantly bound, parchment and paper-based special collection materials for the University of Michigan library system. She also has a particular interest in the conservation of papyrus, as U-M has the largest collection in North America.
With the support of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation endowment, Marieka comes to U-M after serving as a book and paper conservator for 8 years at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. She received a Masters degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Marieka began to work in the field of library conservation as a Preservation Assistant at Brandeis University in 1998. She went on to work as Library Preservation Assistant at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Conservation Assistant for Exhibitions and Loans at the New-York Historical Society. She also volunteered her time in the book lab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and completed advanced internships at the New York City Municipal Archives, Syracuse University, Etherington Conservation Services, and the University of California Los Angeles.