Elizabeth Cheney grew up in Pasadena, California, and fell in love with reading at an early age. While at school, she became active in marching band, Girl Scouts, and numerous AP classes. Her involvement in Girl Scouts gave her the chance to participate in community service, both for younger Scouts and in the wider community.
While attending UCLA, she earned a B.A. in history, with a minor in English. She achieved departmental honors for undertaking a senior-year independent research project, which earned her an honorary mention for the Carey McWilliams Award, as well as the Mary Ritter Beard Award for scholarship in women’s history.
During her undergraduate years, Liz also played in a student folk-music group, and with two of the other members worked to establish a folk session on campus. She worked at the UCLA Library Reprographics unit for two years during this time.
Following her graduation, the Norton Simon Museum of Art hired Liz as a gallery attendant with additional membership desk duties. In the meantime, Liz applied to various graduate programs. The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies welcomed her into its ranks.
After graduating with her MLIS at UCLA, Liz continues to be excited to be learning about the field, and is, at the moment, an associate librarian in the UCLA Science and Engineering Library (SEL).
Liz married information security professional Andrew Merenbach in Culver City in May 2013.