Naperville Public Library has hired Lynn Hoffman to be its new deputy director.
“Naperville Public Library has a tremendous reputation, and the level of support it receives from the community is enviable,” said Hoffman, who officially started as deputy director Jan. 6. “I am looking forward to serving a community where its people have looked at the cost and benefit equation and decided that it’s worth paying the price for high-quality library service.”
Hoffman, who will work out of Nichols Library, received a bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa. For more than 15 years, she has worked in the library setting, starting as a children’s librarian and moving to a variety of positions in public service and administration throughout her career.
“I’m always interested in finding ways to automate and streamline the more mechanical and transactional aspects of library work so that staff can spend more of their time providing one-on-one assistance and expertise to our customers, and so I’d like to explore whether radio-frequency identification would be a good fit for NPL,” she said. “I’m also enthusiastic about the new ways public libraries are providing learning and discovery experiences for visitors, and I think NPL is a great incubator for those kinds of ideas.”
Hoffman moved from Green Bay, Wis., to take the position. She succeeds current Executive Director Julie Rothenfluh, who took the position after former Executive Director John Spears resigned. The library board approved the hiring of Rothenfluh in August.
Also, there have been other management moves at the library. Karen Dunford transferred as library manager of Naper Blvd. Library to 95th Street Library. Olya Tymciurak transferred as library manager of 95th Street Library to Nichols Library. Dave Della Terza was promoted from computer lab supervisor to library manager of Naper Blvd. Library.