Julie Hunter, associate director for public services for the award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, will retire from her position on Aug. 31 after 10 years of service to the division and 47 years as a library professional.
Hunter came to Broward County in September 2002 as the executive director of the then-newly opened African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) on historic Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. In 2007, she was promoted to associate director for public services. She served as the interim director of Broward County Libraries from January to April 2013.
“Julie Hunter’s contributions to Broward County Libraries have been extraordinary. Her expertise and positive energy will be missed,” said division Director Skye Patrick. “She has been an integral part of Broward County Library and leaves behind a legacy of leadership that is an example to all of us.”
Previously, Hunter had been the deputy/acting director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.; the assistant director of the DeKalbCounty Public Library system in Decatur, Ga.; and library administrator of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on Black History and Culture as well as the acting director with the Atlanta Fulton Public Library, both in Atlanta, Ga.
Hunter began her career in 1965 as a reference librarian after receiving her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Atlanta University.
“Libraries serve people and serving people through libraries has been a wonderful path for me,” Hunter says. “It gave me a deep respect for the fundamental role libraries play in our lives, the vast information they provide on societal relationships serving as a conduit to the history of our world, where we came from, where we are now and where we are going.
“What a joy it has been for me to be a librarian in the midst of a world of people and knowledge!”
There will be a retirement celebration on Friday, Aug. 23 at AARLCC, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25.
For more information call 954-357-8206.
*‘BOOKS N’ BEARS’: Julie Hunter is surrounded by teddy bears during the children’s holiday event last December.