The Palatine Public Library District Board of Library Trustees Thursday announced it has named the assistant director, Anthony Auston, to succeed Susan Strunk as director of the library district.
Strunk is retiring and moving to South Carolina. Auston will assumed the job effective Sept. 1.
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Auston, who was chosen from 24 applicants, has been the assistant director for six years. Prior to that, he was assistant director and librarian at Homewood Public Library District, librarian for the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and public service assistant at three Hennepin County, Minnesota, library branches.
Board President Barbara Illian said in a news release that the library board interviewed several of the candidates before deciding that Auston was "the best fit."
"Anthony Auston was instrumental in developing the library district's technology plan and has been intricately involved in all budget, strategic, and operations planning and implementation," Illian said.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Auston earned his master's degree in library science at Dominican University in River Forest.
"It's an honor to serve the Palatine Library community in this role," Auston said in the news release. "Our staff and trustees are clearly committed to providing our residents with an amazing array of collections and services. It's fulfilling to be part of a team that values and continuously strives for excellence. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue growing with the library."
The library district serves approximately 90,000 residents, mainly in Palatine and Hoffman Estates.