Friday, November 2, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Amy Crump, who was recently hired as executive director of the Bellwood Public Library. | LinkedIn
The Bellwood Public Library Board recently voted unanimously to hire a new executive director, more than a year after the library’s former longtime director, Jacqueline Spratt, resigned.
The board voted 5-0 during a special meeting on Nov. 1 to hire Amy Crump to replace Spratt. Crump is the administrative librarian at Homewood Public Library. Board member Michael Horton was absent.
During an interview on Nov. 2, Library Board President Dorothy Clark-Smith said that library officials are currently negotiating an employment contract with Crump.
Back in July, the library board hired John Keister & Associates — a head hunting firm based in Vernon Hills that specializes in finding library executives — to facilitate a search for Spratt’s replacement.
At the time, some board members said that they would prioritize an executive director with a master’s in Library and Information Sciences — a qualification that Spratt lacked but that is widely considered to be a requirement for the job.
Crump has an LIS master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from the the University of Missouri-Columbia, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Clark-Smith said that Crump was chosen from a field of six finalists and was the consensus pick among all board members.
“She was very efficient as far as writing budgets and she knows how to write a strategic plan, which is what the library needs,” said Clark-Smith. “She is also community-oriented and believes in the library collaborating with the schools.”
Clark-Smith said that she was also encouraged that Crump seemed “open and receptive” to implementing programming related to military veterans and special needs children.
“We hope and pray that she can finally be the one to move the library forward in the direction it needs to go,” Clark-Smith said. “We’re very excited and hopeful. She was everybody’s choice.” VFP
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