Oak Lawn library director announces retirement
May 24, 2012 12:08PM
Oak Lawn Public Library director James B. Casey will retire at the end of June. | Supplied Photo
Updated: June 29, 2012 8:23AM
After 20 years of service, Oak Lawn Public Library director James B. Casey has announced his retirement, effective the end of June.
Throughout the past 20 years, Casey formulated and implemented the library’s long-range plan; encouraged greater use of technology in library services, including the installation of the network and development of the library website; procured revenue and numerous grants; promoted the development of the Computer Center, Art Gallery and Local History Unit; and coordinated and completed several significant building and remodeling projects, library officials said.
“I am very grateful for all of the support and encouragement so many people have given to me over the past 20 years, during which time I have had the great privilege of serving as the director of our Oak Lawn Public Library,” Casey said. “It has been the most rewarding and gratifying period of my life.”
Casey said one of his proudest achievements is the value Oak Lawn residents receive from their public library.
“Our library has embraced change and continued to enhance services every year while maintaining a balanced and responsible budget,” Casey said.
Casey pointed to the “increasing tempo of technological change” that offers opportunities for improved service, such as eBooks, Media On Demand, Freegal Music Service, databases and a mobile website.
“We had to invest in these new services while maintaining the more traditional offerings within budget limitations,” Casey said. “Since we had to prioritize and invest our resources carefully, long range planning has helped to focus our efforts.”
Casey holds a master of arts degree in history from Cleveland State University and a master of library science from State University New York at Geneseo.
In addition to traveling, reading and relaxing, Casey said he and his wife, Diane, plan to explore opportunities for volunteer service in the church and in the community.
“Working with bright, engaged and committed trustees and staff has been exhilarating,” Casey said. “I’m sure many exciting challenges and accomplishments await in the next years and decades as the Oak Lawn library continues to improve.”
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