Douglas County Librarian Amy Dodson has resigned her post to accept a new one with a library district in East Dundee, Illinois.
“I resigned from Douglas County last week,” she said. “I am very happy with my decision to leave.
The Fox River Public Library District Board of Directors appointed Dodson’s executive director on June 24, according to a statement released by the district.
“Amy brings a broad and solid foundation of library experience to our district, along with a demonstrated commitment to the diversity, equity and inclusion that are so important to our community,” said the board chair. administration, Richard Corbett. “His appointment demonstrates the continued commitment of the Board of Directors to providing the highest quality service to the District.
The Illinois Library District cited its receipt of the American Library Association’s Paul Howard Award for Courage in 2021, in connection with last year’s efforts to include #Black Lives Matter in the library.
The statement was never approved by the library board, which will begin work to find a new library director.
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Dodson also holds the Downs Intellectual Freedom Award from the University of Illinois School of Information Studies and ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation in 2020, and America’s Best Small Town Library. from the Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2014.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Feminist Studies from the University of Louisville and a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from the University of Kentucky.
“I am passionate about free and equal access to information and opportunities offered by public libraries,” she said in the statement. “Libraries are dynamic knowledge centers that promote lifelong learning, arouse curiosity and bring people together. I am an enthusiastic and experienced director, dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion for all.