Susan Nutter, who headed N.C. State University’s libraries for three decades, will retire in the fall.
The announcement was made Tuesday on NCSU’s website. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries, is credited with planning and building the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the Centennial Campus, which opened in 2013 to accolades for innovation, design and architecture.
NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson said Nutter revolutionized the university’s libraries, “transforming the way we perceive and use them.”
Last year, Nutter received the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award and NCSU received a national library award from former First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Hunt Library, a modern facility that features a robotic book delivery system, was Nutter’s vision shortly after she arrived at NCSU in 1987. It was awarded the 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries, the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Facility Design Award, the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Library Interior Design Award, and the 2013 AIA/ALA Building Award for distinguished accomplishment in library architecture. It was also named a New Landmark Library by Library Journal last year.
Nutter is former president of the Association of Research Libraries. She is a founder of North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education, NC LIVE, which made a virtual collection accessible to North Carolina residents.