Marlene Wong

Head of Werner Josten Library

Contact & Office Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Room J137, Werner Josten Library


Subject Specialties



M.S.L.S., Simmons College

B.A., William Smith College

Marlene Wong is a member of the Teaching, Learning, and Research Group. She manages the operations of and provides strategic leadership for the Werner Josten Performing Arts Library. She is responsible for and directs collection development and interdisciplinary selection in the subject specialty of the performing arts, which includes acquisitions, and cataloging. She provides reference, research and teaching support for students and faculty in music, theatre, dance and related disciplines.

Marlene began her career as a music cataloger in the Stanford University Music Library, and subsequently became the music librarian at the University of California, Davis. She is a classically trained organist, established church musician, and a musician who has always danced. She sings and plays with The Well Tempered Ukes, and is studying classical Spanish vocal music. She has attained the masters excellent titles in the performance sport of AKC dog agility on her standard poodle, Louie Louie, now retired.


Preservation Team, Social Media Team; Multicultural Recruitment Working Group, Office of Admissions

Publications & Presentations

“John Duke and the American Art Song,” presented by Marlene Wong as part of "Marking a Century: Music at Smith (1909-2009)," Smith College, February 9, 2010. An earlier version was presented at the Bibliography Round Table, MLA National Meeting, Newport, RI, February, 2008.

Duke, John. Four Chinese love lyrics : for soprano and piano. [Editors: Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Marlene M. Wong] Huntsville, Tex. : Recital Publications, 2010. Preface by Marlene M. Wong; score transcribed and edited by Clifton J. Noble, Jr.

“So You "Have" To Be A Dance Librarian: Extending Our Skills: Focus on the Library,” presented by Marlene Wong; sponsored by the MLA Music Librarianship Educators Roundtable, 2-27-2015, Denver, CO. Building Our Knowledge Base for Today's Job Market: An introduction to dance librarianship for the traditional music librarianship course.

Professional Affiliations

Music Library Association
Member, Advisory Board, Contact Quarterly: Dance and Improvisation Journal