Posted by Al Anile

Program Speaker Richard Kong,  Director of the  Skokie Library, and Skokie Valley Rotary Club member.
 

Richard Kong oversees the operation and administration of the library, including matters related to library policies, finances, facilities, and personnel. He works closely with library staff and key partners in the local community to ensure progress is made with the library’s long-term strategic goals and annual objectives. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Skokie Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Rotary Club of Skokie Valley. Richard is also a recognized leader in the professional library community, currently serving as an executive board member of the Public Library Association and previously as an executive board member of the Illinois Library Association.
 
“Every three years, the library undertakes a thorough strategic planning process designed to reexamine its vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities. It is critical that we regularly examine ourselves and adapt to our local community’s current aspirations and challenges, changing societal values and human experiences, advances in technology, and developments within the broader library field. Over the next three years, we will also take on a major renovation project that will transform our interior spaces on the first and second floors. Adjusting to all of these new conditions will require us to be both focused and open-minded.
 
Starting in the fall of 2018, a committee consisting of library staff and two library trustees, together with community members and trusted partners, contributed to the planning process through reflection, information gathering, discussion, and analysis. The hope is that this new plan will build on the progress made over the past three years, while also clearly addressing the current aspirations and challenges of the community.
 
Our belief is that the library, through pursuit of our vision and mission, will continue to play a vital role in the continued growth and strengthening of our community. We expect that the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan will guide library staff in their work and inspire others to engage with us in creating a better community.”