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