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Library board names new director

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Evanston Public Library trustees Wednesday night appointed Karen Danczak Lyons to serve as the next director of the Evanston Public Library.

Lyons, who has been first deputy commissioner of the Chicago Public Library since 1993, is scheduled to start work in Evanston April 16..

Before the Chicago library system, she was the budget director of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management, overseeing the city’s $3.2 billion budget.

Board Vice-President Susan Newman said in a news release, “As the Library continues to evolve, we are looking forward to Ms. Lyon’s vision in creating a Library with enhanced technology, innovative programming, and stronger community outreach.”

She holds a master's in library and information science degree from Dominican University.

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