Director of Learning and Economic Advancement
Chicago Public Library
Mark E. Andersen is the Director of Learning and Economic Advancement at the Chicago Public Library (CPL). He has been in this position since 2014 is responsible for developing system-wide programs for workforce development, small business, adult learning and the CPL Maker Lab. He has been at CPL since 1993 working in various positions including interlibrary loan, serials/direct order management and most recently as the Division Chief for the Business Science Technology Division.
He has previously worked at the Skokie Public Library, Northwestern University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago Library, the Commerce Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Design Library at the Harrington Institute of Interior Design.
He is an active member of ALA, chairing a number of committees, including the Business Reference in Public Libraries, Dun & Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award and the Thomson Gale Award for Business Excellence. He was elected Chair of BRASS (2010-2011) and had been previously elected Member-At-Large, 2003 – 2005. He has been a member of the Library Administrator’s Council of Northern Illinois—Reference and Adult Services Section (LACONI-RASS) and served as president from 1998 – 2002.
Mark has presented at a number of national American Library Association (ALA) conferences including co-presenting a day long introduction to business reference. He has taught many library instruction classes and workshops for students, business organizations and other adults.
Mark has B.S. in Commerce, with a major in marketing from DePaul University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Saturday, June 25
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM