Cook Memorial libraries get new director

  • David Archer is the new Cook Memorial Library director.

    David Archer is the new Cook Memorial Library director.

  • Stephen Kershner

    Stephen Kershner

Updated 5/20/2015 4:24 PM

The Cook Memorial Public Library District board has tapped a veteran employee to be the agency's new director.

David Archer, who had served as one of the district's two assistant directors and recently was named interim director, will be promoted to the big chair effective June 1.


Archer replaces Stephen Kershner as the director of the district, which has libraries in Libertyville and Vernon Hills. The library board approved the move Tuesday night.

"Stephen has left the library in a great place and I'm excited about continuing the momentum," said Archer, 47, of Wheaton.

Archer has been with Cook Memorial for 11 years, first serving as the district's audiovisual manager. He spent time as the adult services manager, too.

He was promoted to assistant director in 2010. In that role, Archer oversaw operations at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills. He also ran the district's outreach programs.

Board President Bonnie Quirke was quick to praise Archer's abilities.

"I've long been a fan of David Archer," Quirke said. "(He is) a well-organized, collaborative fellow."

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Kershner led the district for nearly five years. He announced plans to retire in February and departed last week.

Archer was one of four finalists for Kershner's job. He had "universal" approval from the district staff, Quirke said.

"I think he's proven himself," she said.

Archer said he's eager to focus on the district's strategic plan for services, the collection and the facilities, which was adopted earlier this year.

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