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Library begins search for assistant director; museum partners with Field

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The Westchester Public Library Board of Directors has authorized Library Director Leea Yelich to begin the search for an Assistant Director.

Yelich requested permission from the board at its meeting last week to explore options for hiring a full-time Assistant Director to help manage daily operations. Yelich said the library would benefit from another person who could manage communications among and visits to the various branches. The Assistant Director may also be involved in financial planning and Human Resources management.

Member Michele Corazzo noted that no one currently serves as No. 2 to Yelich, and it isnít fair for lower level members of the staff to step up in her absence.

The board granted Yelich permission to speak with a management consultant and conduct research to produce a job description and estimate a salary for the position. The position will require applicants to hold a Masterís of Library Science degree.

Yelich will present more information at the next meeting, and estimates that the hiring process will take at least three to six months once started.

Museum Partnership with the Field

In other business, Yelich announced that Westchester Township History Museum Curator Serena Ard has been invited to collaborate with the Field Museum in Chicago on a traveling exhibit that will showcase the environmental and industrial culture of Northwest Indiana.

Madeleine Tudor of the Field Museum contacted Ard and invited her to join a steering committee responsible for planning, designing, and fabricating a traveling museum exhibit that captures the history and current culture of the Calumet Region: Chicagoland, and Porter, Lake, and LaPorte counties, Yelich said.

The proposed collaboration is part of a larger effort by a non-profit organization, Calumet Heritage Partnership, which aims to bring organizations together to promote education about the history of the Calumet region, and has been a driving force in the effort to designate a Calumet National Heritage Area. The Field Museum is one of its partners in these initiatives, as are the Pullman Virtual Museum, the Southeast Chicago Historical Society, and South Shore Arts.

Ard represented the Westchester Township History Museum at the Calumet Heritage Conference in October, where she outlined the Museumís collaborative efforts with Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other local museums.

Ard reported that plans for the steering committee and the traveling exhibit are still in their infancy.



Posted 11/17/2017





Posted 11/17/2017






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