After 18 years at the Glenview Public Library, Library Director Vickie Novak will retire on June 30, 2020. Novak has had a professional career in librarianship that has spanned three public libraries and 46 years as a Library Director. She has played an active role in a profession that has, at its core, the fostering of learning, self-exploration, and personal development, allowing her to touch so many lives in such positive ways. Novak served as the Director of the Glenview Public Library for the past 18 years, the longest stint of her three professional positions, and the one which she considers has defined the essence of her career.
"I struggle to put into words what this has meant to me," Novak says, "when I consider all that has been achieved—none of which could have been accomplished without an extraordinary team. I am humbled by the support, the trust, and the confidence placed in me by Trustees and Staff, which allowed me to guide this organization for nearly two decades. Working collaboratively, we succeeded in the construction of an outstanding new library, the creation of a legacy for generations of readers. I consider this to be the most significant accomplishment of my professional career—my most cherished memory—and am proud to have been a part of the process."
As the Glenview Library begins its journey into its centennial decade, we transition to the next era of leadership. Novak will begin a new chapter in her life, which includes a return to the Bluegrass State, her "home away from home" for many years. Novak will be missed by a community where she has met and worked with so many exceptional people. We are grateful to have had her be a part of the Glenview Library, and wish her all the best in the next chapter of her life.