Carol Hunter, deputy University librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will retire October 1, 2017. She joined the UNC Library in 2010 as associate University librarian for collections and services.
From January until August 15 of this year, Hunter served as interim University librarian and vice provost for University Libraries. She also was interim director of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library and associate University librarian for special collections in 2016.
Hunter came to UNC after twelve years at the University of Virginia Library, where she held increasingly responsible posts leading to her appointment as associate university librarian for public services and collections. She has also held librarian positions in government agencies, at the Birmingham (Alabama) Public Library, and at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
At UNC, Hunter oversaw the development, implementation, and growth of the multi-site Research Hub and the creation of the new Digital Research Services department. She co-chaired the Library’s strategic planning effort in 2012, expanded the Library’s assessment program, and created the Library’s first user experience department. She also managed a multi-million-dollar collections budget during a time of transition to electronic publications and through several rounds of significant cuts.
Hunter has chaired and served on numerous committees during her career, including as a member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network Advisory Council, chair of the Resource Advisory Committee of the NC Live statewide digital library, and chair of an American Library Association interest group for chief collection development officers at large research libraries.
At UNC, Hunter chaired the University Committee on Copyright for several years. She has been a member of the UNC Faculty Executive Committee and of the advisory board for the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. She has been a strong voice for promoting open access and for advancing implementation of Carolina’s open access policy.
Hunter was a UCLA Senior Fellow in 2010, an EDUCAUSE Frye Leadership Institute Fellow in 2008, and a participant in the 2005 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute. She has published and presented extensively about collections, public services, and managing digital scholarship services.
Hunter’s last day in the office will be September 15. Joe Williams has been serving since January as interim associate University librarian for collections and services and will continue in this role.
Thank you, Carol, for your service and leadership!