Senior Advisor, Urban Library Council; Former Director of Citywide Children's Services, Chicago Public Library
Elizabeth “Liz” McChesney served as Director of Citywide Children's Services at the Chicago Public Library for 32 years. She won numerous national awards for expanding early literacy programming across Chicago, placing play spaces in branch libraries, and refocusing summer reading to include critical 21st century skills. She now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Urban Library Council where she is building national models I children's services in libraries, as well as a Clinton Global Foundation consultant developing early literacy nooks in 'everyday spaces' across the country. Her third book, Pairing STEAM with Stories (ALA Editions, 2020), is forthcoming this spring.