The Board of Trustees of the DeKalb Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Emily Faulkner as its new director. Faulkner earned a Master of Information Science degree from City University, London, England, and has more than 10 years of experience as a professional librarian. She currently serves as the Cultural and Civic Engagement Librarian at the Chicago Public Library where she is responsible for managing more than 30 partnerships with educational institutions, museums, non-profit organizations, and city and state agencies as well as designing programs by authors, entertainers, and local experts for 80 branch libraries within the City of Chicago.
Faulkner was instrumental in implementing and expanding programming for the Chicago Public Library’s Makers Lab initiative, which began as a pilot project at the Harold Washington Library Center in 2013. The Lab offers patrons a hands-on, collaborative learning environment for using 21st century technologies such as 3D printers and electronic cutters. These technologies can be used to create digital design services, programs, and products for businesses and organizations or for personal enrichment and learning opportunities. The Lab now has extension projects in 9 branch libraries and offers more than 20 programs each month.
In addition to her involvement in partnership and program development, Faulkner has experience in employee training, traditional and social media marketing, developing strategic initiatives, managing budgets, and providing reference and circulation services to adult and teen patrons. She will begin in her position as director on 16 January 2017 succeeding Dee Coover, who is retiring after having served as our director for the past 10 years.