Daisy Porter-Reynolds, executive director of Aurora Public Library (APL), Thursday, Jan. 10 announced her resignation from the Library effective in early March, said Library Board president John Savage.
Porter-Reynolds, who has served as Library director since September 2014, has accepted a new role as chief public services officer at the St. Louis Public Library (SLPL). There, her responsibilities will include oversight of SLPL’s 17 locations, as well as technology assistance and the selection of library materials.
“We’re sorry to lose Daisy,” said Savage, “but we wish her every success in her new position. Daisy’s done a great job improving APL’s impact on our community with her focus on meaningful customer experiences, cutting-edge technologies, and responsive services. Her vision and hard work have been huge benefits to Aurora, and I know she’ll bring the same energy and passion to St. Louis Public Library.”
Porter-Reynolds said she has enjoyed her time in Aurora and is proud of her work, notably the recruitment of key staff members, the implementation of a three-year strategic plan, and a customer-friendly shift in policy. “I’ve learned so much here in Aurora,” Porter-Reynolds said, “and I’m pleased to be able to bring that knowledge to St. Louis as the next step in my career.”
The Aurora Public Library Board will discuss the future of the position at an upcoming board meeting, said Savage. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Santori Library N224 Dolan Family Teen Program Room.
“One of Daisy’s strengths was hiring, and she has built a strong team,” he said. “The new director will build on the foundation established by Daisy and will continue to make improvements in customer service and overall value to the community.”
— Aurora Public Library