Happy Retirement: Karen Danczak Lyons MLIS ’97, Evanston Library's Executive Director
April 23, 2022
Karen Danczak Lyons MLIS ’97, Evanston Public Library’s executive director, has announced she plans to retire in June. Karen joined the Evanston library a decade ago, after spending 19 years with the Chicago Public Library system. Since then she has overseen the library’s opening of a new branch at the Robert Crown Center.
“I believe that part of being a leader is knowing when to leave and make space for what’s next,” Karen said in a statement. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished together under my leadership, and I want to allow for a smooth transition to ensure our important work continues.”
Karen graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in 1981 and holds a master’s of library science degree from Dominican University.