Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-12-21

Marliese Thomas has been named Reference and User Engagement Librarian at Samford University.  She will join the University Library staff Jan. 9, 2012.

            Thomas will assist in reference and instruction as well as coordinate library marketing initiatives and outreach activities, according to library Director Kimmetha Herndon, who announced the appointment. Thomas also will have primary responsibility for managing the web presence for Reference and Research Services, said Herndon.

            Thomas has been Special Collections Technology Librarian and Database Enhancement Librarian at Auburn University.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola University of New Orleans and master of library and information science degree from the University of Alabama.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.