Feb. 5, 2019

After a quarter-century serving patrons at the Oak Park Library, Jim Madigan ’74, MLIS ’00 will be retiring on Feb. 8. Jim, the Oak Park Library Deputy Director, expects to remain active in the community while pursuing his interests and passions.

Jim grew up in the Edison Park neighborhood in Chicago and has worked in the Oak Park area since 1973. He launched his journey at the Oak Park Library in 1994, as Coordinator of Administrative and Community Services. In the last two decades, Jim has held various roles: Assistant Director for Management Services, Assistant Director for Administration, Assistant Director for Administration and Finance, and Assistant Director for Administrative Services.

During a special send-off party held Feb. 3, library Executive Director David Seleb called Jim the "conscience" of the library for bringing his spirit to the building every day. Seleb announced the creation of the Jim Madigan Oak Park Library Staff Education Fund, which is in partnership with the Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation. The fund, which is ready to receive donations, will help provide additional resources for the educational advancement of the library's staff while continuing to honor Jim.

Read more: 'Libraries have always been about people': Oak Park library deputy director to retire after 25 years