Elizabeth Ott Named Frank Borden Hanes Curator of Rare Books

July 25, 2018
Elizabeth (Liz) Ott

Elizabeth Ott, Frank Borden Hanes Curator of Rare Books at the University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University Libraries has named Elizabeth Ott to the position of Frank Borden Hanes Curator of Rare Books at the Wilson Special Collections Library. She has served as interim curator of rare books since 2016.

In her new role, Elizabeth will identify and pursue collection development opportunities that will continue to grow the Rare Book Collection (RBC), with an emphasis on expanding the global scope of its content.

She will also work collaboratively to build bridges between the Libraries’ general and rare book collections, expand outreach to faculty and students, engage with new RBC uses and users and enhance access to the collection.

Elizabeth joined the University Libraries in 2015 as assistant curator of rare books. Prior to that appointment, she worked as curatorial assistant at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and previously as program assistant at Rare Book School, both at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.

Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia; an M.A. in Victorian media and culture from Royal Holloway College at the University of London, Egham, United Kingdom; and a B.A. in English and history from Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, Georgia.

Reach Elizabeth at elott@email.unc.edu or (919) 962-0056.

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