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Elk Grove Village library searches for new director

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  • The Elk Grove Village Public Library is looking for a new library director following the retirement of Lee Maternowski.

      The Elk Grove Village Public Library is looking for a new library director following the retirement of Lee Maternowski.
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The Elk Grove Village Public Library is searching for a successor to longtime library director Lee Maternowski, who retired Friday.

The library board has hired Lynn Elam Consulting to conduct a formal search for a new director, who would oversee day-to-day operations at the village library.

Board President Bruce Barnett said Elam has met with board members to develop a profile of desired characteristics in their next administrator. Job postings have been published on library industry websites.

The search for a new director comes as a result of the planned retirement of Maternowski, 70, who was hired as a reference librarian in 1975 and worked his way up the ranks until he became director in 1997.

"It would be nice to have somebody already reviewed, but we're willing to take the time to get somebody that's going to be willing and able to take over and spend a long time here at the Elk Grove Library," Barnett said. "We're looking for a lifer rather than someone looking at Elk Grove as a steppingstone. We're willing to take a few months to do that."

In the meantime, the board has appointed Michael Mangini, the library's business manager, as chief administrative officer until a new library director is hired. Barnett said Mangini doesn't have aspirations to take over the job permanently.

The job posting says the library board is looking for someone with five to seven years of professional library experience. The starting salary is $105,000 plus benefits.

The deadline to apply is July 15.

Elam is tasked with doing pre-interviews, then narrowing down the list to a half-dozen finalists to present to the library board, Barnett said.

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