RF library director announces retirement

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By Maria Maxham

Staff Reporter

After 13 years, Sue Quinn, director of the River Forest Library, is retiring. 

The library board has hired a consulting firm, HR Source, to help in the search for a new director. Joanna Bertucci (operations manager) and Amy Grossman (children's services manager) will serve as interim co-directors until a new director is in place, and Quinn will work with Deborah Hill, president of the library's board of trustees, to help with the transition to a new director. Her last day in the building will be Oct. 20, but she will continue to consult as needed.

Hill speaks highly of Quinn. In a news release from the library, Hill said, "Under Sue's leadership, the library has reimagined its role in the village to serve as a true community center. The board is grateful for Sue's creative management of so many challenges, the latest being COVID-19, where safety and access were twin concerns. We wish her a well-deserved retirement."

Quinn began her service at the library in 2007. Before becoming director in April 2016, she worked as the manager of Children's Services, was head of strategic services, and served as assistant director of the library.

In 2019, under Quinn's leadership, the library completed a renovation of the lobby, providing patrons and staff with improved accessibility and more efficient workspaces. Another challenge the library met head-on under Quinn's guidance was a heating outage, which resulted in burst pipes and system damage. 

But according to the press release, her management of the COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest challenge during Quinn's tenure. She led the library in figuring out how to adjust services and offerings so the library could continue to offer services to patrons, in a safe yet efficient way.

As for her retirement, Quinn said it wasn't an easy choice to make.

"This was a difficult decision for me," Quinn said. "I have poured my heart and soul into the River Forest Library over the past 13 years. In return, my work here has provided me with invaluable opportunities to meet so many interesting people, learn from my dynamic colleagues and develop new skills. Above all, it has challenged me to grow as a leader."

Quinn said she's looking forward to free time, offering opportunities to spend with her family, including her dog, doing yoga, and reading.

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