Carrie Marsh, the next director of the Clarke Historical Library, will begin her new role on February 14, 2022. Marsh succeeds Dr. Frank Boles who retired in August 2021 after serving as director for thirty years.
Marsh has served in several roles at The Claremont Colleges in California, most recently as director of the special collections and libraries division. You can read more about her background on the Clarke’s blog. Marsh is a well-rounded manager and strategic planner and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills in special collections and archives including experience with outreach activities, grant writing, digitization, curating exhibitions, and teaching.
Throughout her time as an undergraduate and graduate student at Central Michigan University, Marsh worked as a student employee at CMU’s Park Library. Marsh reflected, “As a CMU alumna and former Park Library student assistant, it is a thrill and an honor to return to the library that inspired me to become a librarian. The Clarke Historical library was the first special collection I ever used, and I had been watching for the director position to open. I look forward to coming full circle and giving back to CMU.”
During her leisure time, Marsh enjoys collecting books, antiquing, and knitting. Her international travels have taken her to England, Scotland, Greece, and Kosovo. During the pandemic, rather than baking bread, Marsh experimented with pickling vegetables which had various levels of success and spiciness.
We look forward to working with her as she advances the mission and vision of the Clarke Historical Library!