Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library has named Jennifer Gunter King as its new director, replacing outgoing director Rosemary Magee, according to an Emory news release.
Currently the director of the Library and Knowledge Commons at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., King was selected for her longtime work with libraries and archives.
“[King] brings a wealth of experience and an expansive view of libraries, not only from a special collections aspect but from a broader organizational understanding,” Emory librarian Yolanda Cooper said. “She will work collaboratively to take a fresh look at operations, relationships, and programs to further advance our world-renowned Rose Library.”
Prior to her current position, 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 campus-wide exhibitions and programming, according to Emory.
She has also 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,” King said. “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.”
According to Emory, King’s interests include 21st-century library design, advancing the accessibility of archival resources and pursuing opportunities for collaboration between libraries, archives and museums.
King will begin her position on Oct. 15.
To learn more about the Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, go here.