The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the hire of Diane Foote as the organization’s next Executive Director.
Diane Foote, 50, boasts a long history of effective leadership, both as an Executive Director of a membership association and as a member leader. Most recently, Diane served as Assistant Dean of the School of Information Studies and Curator of the Butler Children's Literature Center at Dominican University in River Forest. At Dominican, Foote recruited and shaped new librarians, launched and managed multiple special projects, and conducted both donor stewardship and development—particularly with the Butler Family Foundation.
“The mission of the Illinois Library Association resonates with me as a citizen, a parent, and a professional,” explains Diane. “I have spent my entire career, as well as my volunteer time and effort, in organizations dedicated to ensuring a literate, educated population. As the information environment grows ever more complex, librarians will be needed more than ever, and the opportunity to lead Illinois librarians in these ventures is extremely exciting to me."
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