Vernon Area Library Welcomes New General Manager


The Vernon-area Public Library District, which covers parts of Buffalo Grove north of Lake Cook Road in the Journal & Topics coverage area, recently announced that Anne Rasmussen will be the library’s next director beginning in September 12.

According to library officials, Rasmussen brings a strong background in leadership, vision, inspiration and direction to the position. In her more than 20 years of service to libraries, she has distinguished herself as a mission-focused leader committed to providing thoughtful library services that advance civic well-being and connection.

She comes to Vernon Area from the Milwaukee Public Library, where she most recently served as Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Services.

Rasmussen holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University (Ohio), as well as a second master’s degree from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree from Saint Olaf College in Minnesota.

“The board was looking for an innovative thinker to help the library continue to meet the ever-changing educational, recreational and social needs of our community,” said library board chair Marc Fenton. “Anne demonstrated the passion for librarianship and openness to new ideas that the board was looking for. We look forward to working with her to continue the library’s tradition of excellent public service.

“I am thrilled to be the next director of the Vernon Area Public Library District, Rasmussen said. “I look forward to learning and listening to the community in order to best advance this stellar library.”

The library board worked with John Keister and Associates of Vernon Hills for executive search. Rasmussen was one of eight candidates interviewed from a wide range of applicants. She succeeds Cynthia Fuerst, who retired in July after 13 years at the head of the library.

Rasmussen currently resides in Kenosha, Wis., and will move to Illinois this fall.

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