Emily Compton

Emily Compton-Dzak is the new director of the River Forest Public Library. She will start on Jan. 25 and replaces Sue Quinn, who retired in October after 13 years. 

River Forest library’s Operations Manager Joanna Bertucci and Children’s Services Manager Amy Grossman acted as interim co-directors while the library board conducted its search.

Compton-Dzak comes from the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District, where she served as the assistant director and head of adult services. She has 20 years of experience in the library field, according to a library press release. 

With a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, Compton-Dzak has worked in different settings and with all different ages. Her experience includes artifact processing, 3D printing, and encouraging children’s love of reading through programming and collections.

According to the release, the board of trustees “believes her experience, her approach to leading a team, and her knowledge of libraries will be a particularly good fit for the River Forest Public Library.”

 Deborah Hill, board president, spoke of Compton-Dzak’s personality and experience.

“Emily’s warm, collaborative style and openness to innovation, while still respecting traditional library services, make her a natural fit for our community.  We are very excited to welcome Emily to our library,” Hill said. 

HR Source was hired to assist in the search, and a task force, led by trustees Katherine Bevan and Eleanor Long, reviewed over 25 resumes and interviewed six candidates. The search was narrowed to two candidates, both of whom were interviewed by the entire board.

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