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Huntley Area Public Library names two interim directors

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 2:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 11:58 p.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – Two department heads from the Huntley Area Public Library will temporarily man the top librarian spot once Director Patrick McDonald leaves Tuesday for the private sector.

Public Services Director Rosie Lukas and Information Services Director Elizabeth Steffensen will serve as interim co-directors until the Huntley Library Board names a full-time replacement.

The board is expected to start initial interviews with a pool of applicants next week, said Leigh Ann Porsch, the library’s communications and development coordinator.

“They are looking for the right candidate, so I don’t think they are going to make any quick decisions,” Porsch said. “They aren’t trying to work under any particular deadline.”

In her current role, Lukas overseas staff tasked with selecting the library’s materials available to the public for checkout. Steffensen manages the library’s information desk and provides information technology support.

McDonald created the void at director after accepting a position in early November as chief operating officer for a private education group based in the Chicago area. His last day is Tuesday, Porsch said.

McDonald replaced longtime director Virginia Maravilla in 2009 after working at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library as the director of library experiences.

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