Richard Kong

Richard Kong is director of Skokie Public Library, an award-winning institution that serves a diverse population of 65,000 just north of Chicago, Illinois. Kong began his library career in the Ann Arbor(Michigan) District Library and Thousand Oaks (California). He then relocated to Skokie Public Library, where he assumed responsibility for adult programming and technology, overseeing development of an early digital media lab. After three years of progressive management experience at Arlington Heights (Illinois) Memorial Library, he was recruited to return to Skokie Public Library as deputy director in 2013 and was promoted to the top position of library director in July 2016.

Kong contributes actively to the library profession at both state and national levels. He recently served a three-year term on the Public Library Association’s Board of Directors and was a member of the Executive Board of the Illinois Library Association.

Additional honors include serving as a mentor in Synergy: The Illinois State Library Leadership Initiative in 2015 and being named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2012. Kong presents regularly at state and national library conferences.

Kong holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

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