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Aurora Public Library Executive Director Eva Luckinbill, Photo courtesy of the Aurora Public Library

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Updated: February 17, 2014 8:46AM

AURORA — Aurora Public Library Executive Director Eva Luckinbill will retire before the end of the year, library officials announced late Wednesday.

Library Board President John Savage said Luckinbill has for some time planned to retire in 2014, and officials hoped the new $28 million downtown library branch would be open by that time.

“We had hoped that the building would be complete in 2014, but given the whole process of getting this approved, that’s been delayed,” Savage said.

The board and Luckinbill have discussed a succession plan for several months in order to have a leadership team in place for the projected opening of the main library branch in May 2015, Savage said. The board plans to hire a library consulting firm to begin the search for the next library executive director in February, he said.

“This is going to be a national search and we anticipate that we will get extremely qualified candidates for the job,” Savage said.

Luckinbill has served as the library’s executive director for almost 15 years. She was first hired in June 1997 as head of the library’s Extension Services Department.

Savage said Luckinbill was an “effective leader” of the library.

“She was instrumental in securing the site for the new library and is now overseeing the construction process, has expanded community outreach … and has helped to lead advancements in technology throughout the entire library system,” Savage said.

Savage said he anticipates a new director to be hired by mid-summer. According to Illinois Library Certification Standards, to be eligible for state grants and funds, an executive director must hold a master of Library Science degree from an accredited program.

Luckinbill will offer her assistance as the new director transitions into the administrative role.

“Once the new facility is open and the celebrations have ended, the liaison relationship will end and I will become a patron,” Luckinbill said.

As the library’s executive director, Luckinbill led the construction of the two-story portion of the Eola Road Branch and oversaw three remodeling projects at Eola Road Branch, one of which was just completed, according to library spokesperson Amy Roth. The West Branch currently is undergoing a remodeling project.

Luckinbill was also instrumental in applying for the $10.8 million state grant for the new main library branch; oversaw development and opening of the library’s Express Center at Church Road; and worked with the Library Board of Directors to develop and implement two strategic plans.

Aurora Library history records show that the library has had eight leaders since its establishment in 1838, Roth said. The first was Burr Winton, who also served as the city’s postmaster.

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