Evanston Public Library
Karen Danczak Lyons joined the Evanston Public Library as the Director in April 2012. Karen spent over thirty years working in the public sector for the City of Chicago including almost three years as the Director of Budget and Management overseeing a period of economic pressure, restructuring and government downsizing in the early 1990’s.
She spent the last 19 years of her career with the City of Chicago at the Chicago Public Library as the First Deputy Commissioner. Her areas of direct responsibility included: Human Resources, Library Automation, Staff Development, Building operations (including security, engineering and custodial), Labor Relations, Interagency Delivery and Transportation. She also worked collaboratively on capital construction projects, operating and management initiatives, strategic planning and oversight of the annual budget.
Karen came to Evanston to lead the transformation of the Evanston Public Library and the transition to a new governing and management model. She is leading a team of dedicated, creative library professionals who are engaged in building upon success, refining and creating: new funding sources, management standards, program and service models; listening to citizens throughout the City and finding ways to support individuals as they make their dreams come true; defining success and analyzing data to inform strategic decisions; welcoming all citizens; providing services to surprise and delight patrons and confirming the Evanston Public Library as the important third place in the City (after home and work or school) to discover, learn, create and connect with the community.
Sunday, June 26
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM