The Board of Directors of the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is pleased to announce that Tena Wilson will be the district’s new Library Director. Her appointment is effective April 23, 2012.
Ms. Wilson currently serves as Public Services West Team Manager for the Cleveland Public Library, where she oversees the daily operations of 14 libraries staffed by more than 130 staff members. Before joining the Cleveland Public Library in 2006, Ms. Wilson worked for the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio where she planned and implemented programming for middle and high school students. Ms. Wilson is an active member of the American Library Association, with experience serving on committees and presenting at conferences. Prior to entering the library field, Ms. Wilson spent 15 years in corporate marketing and sales with much of her work focusing on equipping libraries.
Ms. Wilson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Secondary Education from Tennessee Temple University and a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from Kent State University.
In making the announcement, Bob Sanfilippo, President of the Board said, “On behalf of the Board, we are delighted that Tena will be joining the library district as Library Director. Through her experience at the Cleveland Public Library and Stark County District Library, Tena has developed a set of library management skills that we believe will be invaluable in leading our library district. We are most impressed with Tena’s focus on customer service, a factor that is very important to our residents. We look forward to working with Tena to fulfill the library district’s mission of providing exceptional service, reliable information, enriching programs, and welcoming spaces for our residents.”
In accepting the position, Ms. Wilson said, “What a privilege it will be for me to serve the residents of Winnetka, Northfield and Kenilworth – patrons who very obviously support and appreciate their libraries. I look forward to working with the talented library staff to continue to introduce new and innovative services to the community.”
Residents will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Wilson at a reception on April 16 at 8 p.m. at the Winnetka Library. The reception will follow the Board’s regular monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
The Board would also like to recognize the dedication and hard work of Juli Janovicz, Head of Adult Services and Assistant Library Director, who was appointed last October as Interim Library Director. Ms. Janovicz will continue to serve in that capacity until Ms. Wilson begins her service on April 23. Board President Sanfilippo said, “Juli’s willingness to step in and lead during this transition period is a testament to her professionalism. We appreciate her commitment to the library district and that of the entire, outstanding district staff.”