Jennifer Gunter King named as new director of Emory University Rose Library

The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University has named Jennifer Gunter King as its new director. She will start in the position on Oct. 15.

“Jennifer brings a wealth of experience and an expansive view of libraries, not only from a special collections aspect but from a broader organizational understanding,” says University Librarian Yolanda Cooper. “She will work collaboratively to take a fresh look at operations, relationships, and programs to further advance our world-renowned Rose Library and fully engage in the future strategic goals of the Libraries and the University.”

King is currently the director of the Library and Knowledge Commons at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. Prior to joining Hampshire, King was director of Archives and Special Collections at Mount Holyoke College, where she initiated programs including an online digital archive, electronic records archiving, and campuswide exhibitions and programming. She previously held positions in special collections at Virginia Tech University Libraries and the University of Virginia.

“I am very excited to join Emory University as director of the Rose Library. The extraordinary staff and collections play a vital role in advancing Emory’s mission ‘to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity,’ ” King says. “Emory’s special collections are a direct link to the past, providing access to literary, political, and personal histories, all critical to supporting scholarship, civic engagement, and, not least, democracy. I cannot imagine a more worthwhile calling or a more welcoming community.”

King earned her BA in history from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and her MA in history and MLS with an archives concentration from the University of Maryland. Her interests include 21st century library design, advancing the accessibility of archival resources, and pursuing opportunities for collaboration between libraries, archives and museums.

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