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Elmhurst Public Library Among Top 100 Places to Work

Also on the Chicago Tribune list: Anderson Pest Solutions in Elmhurst receives noteworthy employee feedback.

The Chicago Tribune this week named Elmhurst Public Library one the Chicago area's Top 100 Workplaces for 2012.

This distinction is awarded each November and is determined based solely on employee feedback.

According to the Tribune article, library employees noted the camaraderie, openness to differing opinions and the ability to explore one’s own talents as highlights of their work environment:

“I have the freedom to create my best work. My manager has faith in my professional ability and I don't have to limit myself.”
“I love my job because of the enthusiasm and staff support that prevails. There is a sense of pride in providing excellent customer service to our patrons.”
“It makes me feel that what I do is important and affects others positively.”
“Willing to be flexible with scheduling to allow for the things life throws at you.”

The library was ranked at No. 15 in the "small business" category. It was founded in 1916 and employs 152 people.

In 2013, the library will celebrate 10 years at its 125 S. Prospect location. Modern amenities, such as a drive-up window, self check-in and checkout, a coffee bar, wireless Internet access, teen lounging areas and private study rooms are a far cry from the library's humble beginnings. The library previously was housed in Wilder Mansion since 1922.

Patrons regularly comment on how well informed and helpful the staff is to those in the community, according to a Tuesday press release from the library.

“Our employees are the best part of this organization,” Library Director Mary Beth Campe said in the release. “Every day I look forward to collaborating with my team to provide excellent service to the community.”

The Tribune report also lists companies that did not finish in the top of their categories but met key Top Workplaces standards. Elmhurst's Anderson Pest Solutions was listed in this category. Founded in 1913, Anderson has seven locations and employs 200 people locally.

Margaret November 14, 2012 at 08:22 PM
It's a great asset to our Elmhurst, and the staff is a major reason for it being so.
Ercie Berwick April 24, 2013 at 01:25 AM
I have found the Elmhurst Public Library a very noisy and undisciplined library. If a patron wants true peace and quiet, he/she has to retreat to a quiet room adjacent to the computer area on the second floor. Even though the library has rules and regulations concerning the ringing of cell phones, as well as the conversing over cell phones, the rules are seldom implemented unless the patron goes directly to the desk to inform one of the librarians of the noise level even though the librarian would have to be hard of hearing not to have already become aware of it. Toddlers and small children are allowed to scream their heads off on the first floor while their moms sit and chat at the tables, and the librarians just look and act helpless. Only once did I hear one of the librarians say, "Ma'am, I'm sorry but you will have to remove your child from the library." When I want peace and quiet, I drive over to the Villa Park library--a wonderful touch of Mayberry, U.S.A.
Mike Worrell April 24, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I love our library, although I do not use it enough. Won't be long until libraries are replaced by a hard drive the size of a box of Kraft Macaroni-n-Cheese that lends out ebooks and digital music/films over the internet, but at that point we can tear ours down and build a CVS or Walgreens on the south side of the tracks.
Ercie Berwick April 24, 2013 at 06:14 PM
My husband and I were among those who voted "NO" on a new library. We didn't need one; the old library was adequate. I am sure there are those who will disagree with me, but that is my opinion nevertheless. So we built a new library for something around 24 million smackeroos, and I, as a patron, don't feel I can relax and concentrate in this edifice because the librarians are unable to maintain discipline.

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