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The Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees appointed Karen Danczak Lyons to serve as the next director of the Evanston Public Library at the March 7, 2012 Special Board Meeting. She begins in her new position April 16.
Most recently, Lyons was the First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library (CPL), and began her library career in 1993. Prior to joining the CPL, she was the budget director of the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management, overseeing the city’s $3.2 billion budget.
Board Vice-President Susan Newman said, “As the Library continues to evolve, we are looking forward to Ms. Lyon’s vision in creating a Library with enhanced technology, innovative programming, and stronger community outreach.”
During her tenure at the CPL, Lyons led several CPL departments, including: Human Resources, Building Operations, Labor Management, Staff Development, Library Automation and Interagency and Transportation. In addition to her departmental management responsibilities, Lyons collaborated on the library’s capital improvement program and helped develop and implement the Library’s Strategic Plans.
Over the years, Lyons has served on a number of boards and professional associations holding various roles, including: president of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Library System, former chairman of the Illinois Library Association’s Public Policy Committee and former American Library Association councilor representing the State of Illinois. Currently, she serves as the president for the Illinois Center for the Book, is a board member for the Public Policy Committee of Illinois Library Association, and is the Public Library Association conference chair for the upcoming National Conference. Lyons holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University.