Library Director to Retire

Eva Luckinbill

Aurora Public Library Executive Director Eva Luckinbill has announced that she will retire before the end of the year.

The board will need to retain a library consulting firm to begin the search for the next executive director of the library, Board President John Savage said.

Luckinbill has served as the library’s executive director for almost 15 years, since April, 1999. She was hired in June, 1997 as the head of Extension Services (now called “Outreach Services”).

“This is going to be a national search and we anticipate that we will get extremely qualified candidates for the job,” Savage said, adding that the board and Luckinbill have been discussing a succession plan for several months in order to have a leadership team in place for the projected opening of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora in May, 2015.

“Eva Luckinbill has served the community well for the past 15 years as an effective leader of the library,” Savage said. “She was instrumental in securing the site for the new library and is now overseeing the construction process, has expanded community outreach (including the procurement of a new bookmobile), oversaw the opening of the new Express Center, and has helped to lead advancements in technology throughout the entire library system,” Savage said.

The board plans to hire a search firm before the end of February, Savage added.

Savage anticipates a new director will be hired by mid-summer.  Luckinbill will offer her assistance as the new CEO transitions into the administrative role.

“Once the new facility is open and the celebrations have ended, the liaison relationship will end and I will become a patron!” Luckinbill said.

As the library’s executive director, Luckinbill led the construction of the two-story portion of the Eola Road Branch and oversaw three remodeling projects at Eola Road Branch, one of which was just completed. The West Branch currently is undergoing a remodeling project.

Also as director, Luckinbill:

  • ·         was instrumental in applying for a state grant that resulted in a $10.8 million construction grant for the new Main Library
    • ·         oversaw the development and opening of the  Express Center at Church Road and Edison avenues
    • ·         encouraged staff involvement in community organizations like SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) and in collaborative programming with SciTech Hands On Museum)
    • ·         worked with the Library Board of Directors to develop and implement two strategic plans

As head of the Outreach Services Department, Luckinbill participated in the construction of the West Branch at 233 S. Constitution Drive.

According to Illinois Library Certification Standards, to be eligible for state grants and funds, an executive director must hold a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an accredited program.

Aurora library history records show that the library has had eight leaders since its establishment in 1838. The first was Burr Winton, who also served as the city’s postmaster.