Profile: Julia Zimmerman, Florida State University Dean of Libraries, Closes the Book on 48-Year Career
Nearly a half-century after landing her first job at Strozier Library, Florida State University Dean of Libraries Julia Zimmerman will finish her career right where she started.
Zimmerman, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from FSU in 1970, will retire from Florida State in June after more than a decade of leading University Libraries to a new level of excellence.
140 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $18 million. In addition, collections have grown to more than 3 million volumes, with a website offering access to nearly 900 databases, 86,500 e-journals and more than a million e-books.
The numbers are staggering, but Zimmerman is most proud of the personal service FSU Libraries offers.
“We’ve created a culture of service that matches any library in the country,” Zimmerman said. “Our focus on the user and our research into users’ needs has laid the groundwork for exceptional services to the university community.”
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