The current Director of the Illinois State Library is Anne Craig, a longtime State Library staff member whose first day in her present position was May 1, 2005. 1

Based on her family history, Craig’s library career may have been predetermined. Her parents, Robert and Ida Bullen, met on the steps of the Emory University library in Atlanta. Both entered the field of library science, as did Craig’s older brother, Andrew, who is the State Library’s technology coordinator. 2

Born Jan. 3, 1962, Craig, a native of St. Charles, Illinois, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University. She later worked at Founders Memorial Library at NIU before joining the State Library in May 1989. Craig served the State Library as head of the Reference Department and as assistant director for Automation and Technology, as well as coordinator of Public Services and ILLINET/OCLC network coordinator. 3

In the latter position, Craig is credited with many innovations, including the creation of Find It! Illinois — the statewide digital library, the Illinois Digital Archives, and ELI. Her accomplishments have added new dimensions to library service for countless Illinois library users. 4

Craig was appointed to succeed her good friend, Jean Wilkins, as Director after Wilkins’ retirement in December 2004. In her tenure, Craig has kept the State Library at the forefront of national librarianship while continuing to promote automation in Illinois libraries and nurturing their trademark cooperative spirit. 5

Craig has been greatly appreciated by State Library employees for her engaging nature and personal touch. She is the mother of two sons, Robert and Thomas. 6

  1. Interview with Anne Craig.
  2. Interview with Anne Craig; Chicago Tribune June 10, 2005; Illinois Insight May-June 2005, 1.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Interview with Anne Craig; Interview with Jean Wilkins; Illinois Insight May-June 2005, 1.
  5. Ibid.
  6. Information on children, interview with Anne Craig.