From 2003 to 2008, Brooks worked as a senior library grant program officer in the state programs division. Prior to joining IMLS, Brooks spent nearly 30 years working in the library field throughout New England and New York. She held administrative positions as director of the Orono (ME) Public Library and the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES School Library System.
Brooks also was actively involved in New York’s statewide database and technology planning committees. She served as president of the School Library Systems Association of New York, as a member of the board of trustees for the Tompkins County Public Library and the South Central Regional Library Council both located in Ithaca, NY, and as a member of New York’s Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) network council known as NYLINK.
Brooks earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, and received her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration and Supervision from the State University of New York, Cortland College. She is an alumna of the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.