System Wide Children’s Services & Family Engagement Director
Chicago Public Library
Liz McChesney is a 31 year veteran Children's LIbrarian with the Chicago Public Library System. She has served as the Director of Children's Services since 2012 where she manages Chicago's 81 library system's services to children and families. Her work around the transformation from summer reading to learning and has earned numerous awards including the Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award ( 2014), the National Summer Learning Association's Excellence Award ( 2015), the John Cotton Dana Award (2016) and the World Wide Orphans Community Builder Awrd (2017). In 2017 she co-authored the ALA Editions book, Summer Matters, Making All Learning Count. She speaks widely about partnerships, summer learning, literacy in non-traditional settings such as laundromats and has a deep and abiding passion for serving children and celebrating the role of libraries in family learning.