Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Norma Zuniga is the City of Arlington's newly selected director of Libraries.

Zuniga began her career in Arlington 18 years ago as a children’s librarian. Other chapters in her extensive Arlington Public Library career include serving as Downtown librarian, area branch manager, administrator for public service and administrator for operations and facilities. In those roles, she has worked to ensure the Arlington Public Library keeps pace with changing technology and provides access to educational programming, arts and cultural opportunities, resources and services that best meet our community’s needs.

“I began my career with the City of Arlington 18 years ago because I was intrigued by its innovation, its leadership and its passion for public service. To this day, I’m continually challenged and my desire to serve the community has not wavered,” Zuniga said. “Public libraries, education and literacy have been a passion of mine and I aspire to continue in public service and look forward to opportunities to grow with this organization.”

Zuniga, who graduated from the Arlington Executive Education Program in 2016, is a community volunteer and is also fluent in Spanish. She is a graduate of Saint Joseph College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, as well as Texas Woman’s University, where she earned a master's degree in library science.

Before arriving in Arlington, Zuniga’s previous experience included roles at the Dallas Public Library and the Hartford Public Library in Connecticut.

Zuniga has served as acting director of Libraries since December 2018. Her predecessor, former Director of Libraries Yoko Matsumoto, was selected to serve as the City’s Human Resources & Civil Service director.