Emory Report
October 6, 2008
Volume 61, Number 7



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October 6
, 2008
Nelson to lead MARBL as Enniss moves on


Naomi Nelson has been named interim director of the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL).
Nelson’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, was announced upon the news that MARBL’s current director, Steve Enniss, has accepted an appointment at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Nelson has worked for the Emory Libraries since 1991. She has served as assistant director of MARBL since 2004. Previously, she was coordinator of research services. She also worked as MARBL’s curator of Southern history and director of digital archives. As interim, Nelson will inaugurate a program to provide digital access to some of MARBL’s most treasured materials, and will continue planning for a new MARBL building that will bring rare books and manuscripts together with the latest digital technologies.

“We are thrilled to have someone on our team with Naomi Nelson’s experience who knows our collections so well,” said Rick Luce, vice provost and director of Emory University Libraries.

During 15 years at MARBL, Enniss led the library in acquiring important papers of major American, British and Irish writers and helped turn MARBL into one of the fastest growing and most important literary research centers in the United States.

“Steve Enniss’ dedication and hard work toward making MARBL an international destination library is exemplary,” Luce said. “It’s a wonderful indication of the stature MARBL has achieved that we were called upon by this foremost rare books library to fill such an important position. We are committed to continuing and enhancing the stellar trajectory Steve and his predecessors have set for MARBL, and we are proud to see him take on this new endeavor at the Folger.”

Enniss’ last day at MARBL is Oct. 31. Plans have begun for an international search for a permanent director of MARBL.