Ms. Marla Wilson settles into Severinghaus

Ms. Marla Wilson – Index Staff

For many students, Severinghaus Library is a beloved campus study area and resource center. Part of the library’s unique appeal is the library staff, who work to make research accessible and support students throughout any range of class or extracurricular work. 

This year, Haverford welcomes Ms. Marla Wilson, who joins the staff as Library Services Coordinator.

Ms. Wilson has experience working with a broad range of students and a diversity of texts and resources.  For fifteen years prior to joining the staff, Ms. Wilson worked at the  Harrisburg Area Community College. Prior to that, Ms. Wilson served in the middle school classroom for seven years teaching language arts at a public school in Maryland. Ms. Wilson holds a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Developmental Education. 

Outside of school, Ms. Wilson enjoys a variety of activities.  Her hobbies include baking, gardening, bird-watching, listening to music, and, of course, reading. 

“I don’t have one favorite book, but I prefer to read fiction,” Ms. Wilson said. She particularly likes the Harry Potter series and Lord of the Rings, which are well-known to the Haverford community.  She also enjoys The Mitford series

As the mother of two sons, she is familiar with the needs and interests of boys. She enjoys spending time with her sons, her husband, and their chihuahua mix Georgie.

Drawn to Haverford by its “core virtues and mission,” Ms. Wilson is already enjoying her experience. 

“My colleagues are amazing,” she said. “Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and helpful. I am very happy to be here.”

“In the very near future, I plan to create a new LibGuide for the library focused on writing resources.”

Ms. Marla wilson

Ms. Wilson will also be a part of the Information Services team, a role in which she will be responsible for library and resource-focused community programming, library purchasing and cataloging, and other administrative duties.

But as most all faculty and staff would note, the Haverford community is not complete without the students on campus. Ms. Wilson is looking forward to meeting students and has already begun planning new ideas to support learning at Haverford. 

“In the very near future, I plan to create a new LibGuide for the library focused on writing resources,” Ms. Wilson said.

Both online resources and in-person support make Severinghaus Library a versatile research and study space, and Ms. Wilson is soon to be a fixture of students’ day-to-day academic endeavors.

Author: Ian Rosenzweig '25

Ian Rosenzweig currently serves as Academics Editor and writer. He has also served as the editing director for The Foreign Policy Youth Collaborative, a youth nonprofit organization, for whom he has written content regarding international and domestic policy. His poem "Faithful Return" won the 2022 Berniece L. Fox Classics Writing Contest. In February 2023, three of his articles earned honorable mention recognition from the Philadelphia-area Scholastic Writing Awards.