At the Guelph Public Library Board of Directors meeting on Monday, January 29, 2024, Chair Danny Williamson announced that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Secretary to the Library Board, Steven Kraft will be retiring on February 29, 2024.
“On behalf of the Guelph Public Library Board, I thank Steve for his decades of commitment to the Guelph Public Library,” shares Williamson. “We are grateful to Steve for his many contributions and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Kraft’s retirement marks the end of an incredible 41-year career in public service with the Guelph Public Library and the City of Guelph. During his nine and a half years as CEO, he was instrumental in moving the library forward with his strategic leadership and direction – especially during the pandemic – which created strong community connections and partnerships as well as advanced a variety of initiatives including the new Central Library.
“Over the years, I have experienced how libraries transform lives. They truly are amazing community connectors and continually adapt to serve patrons in a multitude of ways,” says Kraft. “It has been an absolute privilege and delight to work for the Guelph community. I could not have asked for better staff, Board of Directors, and the many library patrons who I now call friends.”
The Guelph Public Library Board of Directors will begin the recruitment process in the coming weeks for the library’s next CEO. The current Deputy CEO, Dan Atkins, will assume the interim role of Chief Executive Officer starting March 1, 2024.