For the seventh consecutive year, Mount Prospect Public Library has been awarded a 2019 Top Workplaces honor by the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Tribune has presented the lists for the past 10 years in the Chicago region. Companies with at least 100 employees are eligible to participate.
“We are delighted to earn this recognition,” said Executive Director Su Reynders. “Every day our employees demonstrate a welcoming environment for each other and our Mount Prospect community. Being friendly and approachable is a natural extension of who we are as a Library, and I see it from how our staff works with each other and our patrons.”
The Top Workplace list is based on employee feedback gathered through anonymous surveys administered by the research firm Energage, which specializes in employee engagement. The surveys measure several aspects of workplace culture, including leadership, communication, and working environment.
The Mount Prospect Public Library hosted an open house on June 2 to celebrate the achievements and upcoming retirement of Executive Director Marilyn Genther. More than 150 guests gathered to congratulate Genther and offer their best wishes. After 33 years at MPPL and 27 years as executive director, Genther will retire at the end of June.
During the event, Library staff, friends, and community members were delighted to have the first showing of “A Tribute to Marilyn” with host Cathy Cushing that highlights Genther’s career at MPPL. This feature is part of “Library Life,” which airs daily at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. on MPDC Channel 17, Comcast and WOW as well as Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse.
The Mount Prospect Public Library Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting on April 4 to hire Su Reynders to be the next executive director of the Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL). Current Executive Director Marilyn Genther announced her June retirement this past January.
Reynders comes to MPPL with extensive experience in both libraries and the private sector. She is currently the executive director of the Lincolnwood Public Library District, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she worked at Reaching Across Illinois Library System as associate executive director as well as Metropolitan Library System in a range of positions, including executive director, director of operations, and special projects coordinator.
“The Mount Prospect Public Library has an established history of providing excellent library services,” said Reynders. “I am excited to build on the Library’s successes so that we can continue to delight the community.”
Before working in libraries, Reynders worked for Technology Asset Management as an asset management consulting manager, and at IBM as a senior implementation specialist.
“Ms. Reynders comes to us with strong executive and management experience,” said Library Board President Sylvia Fulk. “We look forward to her leading the Library into the future along with our strong management team and staff.”
Genther is confident about the team at MPPL and is excited to see Reynders work with the Mount Prospect community.
“The Library is in a good place to transition to new leadership,” said Genther. “We have a great management team and staff, the strategic plan provides clear direction for the immediate future, and the Library continues to have much to offer the residents of Mount Prospect. I leave the Library in excellent hands with Ms. Reynders at the helm.”
“We were very impressed with Ms. Reynders’ professionalism, enthusiasm, and her passion for libraries. She cares deeply about connecting with the community and building relationships,” said Jane Everett, Library Board Trustee and committee chair of the recruitment process.
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