From the city of Evanston:
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has appointed Donna Dziedzic as Interim Director of the Evanston Public Library (EPL). Dziedzic will start on Tuesday September 6 and serve until early 2012 while a recruitment for a permanent Library Director is underway.
Donna Dziedzic served as Executive Director of the Naperville Public Library from 1996 until earlier this year. While in Naperville, the Public Library was consistently ranked as one of the top municipal libraries in the United States for its circulation per capita and community programs. Prior to her service in Naperville. Dziedzic served eight years as Assistant New Jersey State Librarian, six years as Director of the Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and in various positions with the Chicago Public Library. Dziedzic has a Bachelor's degree from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Illinois.
"I am pleased that Ms. Dziedzic has agreed to come to Evanston to assist our community during this period of transition," said City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. "Dziedzic brings to this position a clear understanding of how municipal libraries can serve as key assets in communities and will be able to assist the Evanston Public Library staff and Library Board complete the leadership and governance changes that are currently underway. I want to thank EPL Board Trustees Susan Newman and Gail Bush, who as a subcommittee of the Board, assisted me in the selection of the Interim Director. The partnership with the Library Board in these important transition matters is critical to successfully developing a plan for the future of the EPL. I am confident that additional progress on the transition of responsibilities to the Library Board will continue over the next several months, concluding with the appointment of a new Library Director next year," Bobkiewicz added.
"I also want to recognize and thank EPL Adult Services Manager Lesley Williams for her service as Acting Library Director over the past six weeks, " Bobkiewicz said.