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Elizabeth Martinez, American librarian. Named Woman of Achievement Orange County, 1988, Hispanic Library of the Year, Hispanic Book Distributers, 1990; recipient Woman's Alert Award Orange County, 1990.


Martinez, Elizabeth was born on April 14, 1943 in Upland, California, United States. Daughter of Miguel Searrato Martinez and Venus Espinoza.


Bachelor of Science in Latin American Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, 1965. Master of Science in Library. Science, University Southern California, 1966.


Chief public services, other positions Los Angeles County Public Library., 1966—1979. County library Orange County Public Library., Orange, California, 1979—1990. Director Los Angeles Public Library.

Systems, 1990—1994; executive director American Library Association, 1994—1997. Adjunct faculty University of California at Los Angeles, 1998—2003, University Arizona School Information Resources & Library. Science, since 2001; lecturer School Library.

& Information Science San Jose State University, since 1999. Director Salinas Public Library., Salinas, California, since 2007.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Married Michael W. Smith, June 29, 1968 (divorced 1992).

Miguel Searrato Martinez

Venus Espinoza

Michael W. Smith