Special Collections

Carol Hunter to Serve as Interim University Librarian


Carol Hunter will serve as UNC’s interim University librarian, effective January 1, 2017.

Carol Hunter, deputy University librarian and associate University librarian for collections and services, will serve as interim University librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, effective January 1, 2017.

Hunter succeeds Sarah Michalak, who retired on December 31 after leading Carolina’s libraries since 2004. UNC Provost James Dean first announced the interim appointment in August.

“I am grateful to Provost Dean for his confidence in assigning me this role,” said Hunter. “Carolina’s libraries have embraced tremendous changes under Sarah’s leadership, and it is an honor to lead during this time of transition. My chief goal is to be able to connect our outstanding library system from strength to strength.”

Hunter arrived at UNC as associate University librarian for collections and services in 2010. She has served as deputy University librarian since 2012, and was interim director of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library in 2016.

At UNC, Hunter has set direction and policy for public services and for the Library’s $11 million collections budget, including the decision to invest more heavily in electronic books and journals. She has overseen the establishment of the Libraries’ signature Research Hub initiative and of activities that will support the University’s expanding commitment to open access.

In 2012, she co-chaired the committee that developed The Library and the Mission of the University, a five-year strategic plan centered around fostering researcher success, contributing to transformative learning experiences, and serving the citizens of North Carolina and the global scholarly community.

Hunter said that, as interim, she will focus on the plan’s infrastructure goals, with a particular emphasis on staff development to meet changes in the scholarly and university environment. “The accomplishments of the organization are truly due to the hard work of our staff. I am very proud of that,” she said.

Hunter serves as a member of the Advisory Council and Collections Council Steering Committee for the Triangle Research Libraries Network. At UNC, she is a member of the Faculty Executive Committee of the Faculty Council. She chaired the University Committee on Copyright (2013-2016) and is a member of University-wide committees related to scholarly communications, instruction, and information resources.

Before coming to Carolina, Hunter was associate University librarian for public services and collections at the University of Virginia for three years, having assumed progressively responsible administrative roles over a decade of service. She has also worked in community college, public, and government libraries.

Hunter holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Alabama and a B.A. in music from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Contact Hunter in Davis Library: cfhunter@email.unc.edu, or (919) 962-1301.

Photograph by Jay Mangum


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