Vickie NovakGlenview Public Library
Vickie Novak has been Director of the Glenview Public Library since August of 2002. Novak began working in libraries at the young age of fifteen, when she was a Page at her local public library. This early library experience impacted on her decision to make libraries her professional career choice. Throughout college and graduate school, she worked in a variety of public, academic and special libraries.
She pursued her Master’s Degree in Library Science at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she took courses in library architecture and design. Her first professional position was as the Director of the Acorn Public Library District in Oak Forest, Illinois. The library was housed in a temporary facility, but in need of a permanent home – thus began her first experience with planning and designing a public library from the ground up. Working with a small architectural firm gave Novak much valuable “hands on” experience in collaborating on the layout for the new facility, as well as putting together interior fabrics, colors and finishes.
After 11 years in Oak Forest, she moved on to her next professional position as Director of the Calumet City Public Library in Calumet City, IL, where she was responsible for the post-construction work on a building project that was “in progress.” She spent a great deal of time dealing with unresolved mechanical and electrical issues, as well as HVAC problems.
After fifteen years at the Calumet City Public Library, Novak was once again attracted to a community that was facing library “growing pains.” This was one of the many professional challenges that drew her to Glenview. After many years of study, planning and design, the Glenview community enthusiastically greeted the opening of the new public library in October, 2010. The Library continues to be one of Glenview’s popular downtown destinations for residents of all ages!