Clare and Lucy Oesterle Director of Library Services
John J. Small holds the Clare and Lucy Oesterle Director of Library Services endowed chair at North Central College. A member of the faculty since August 2008, Small was named the chair's second recipient in October 2008. Carolyn Sheehy was named the first holder of the endowed chair in 1992.
Small earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a master's degree in library and information studies from Northern Illinois University. His professional focus includes electronic resources, outreach, instruction and collections. Previously he was university librarian for DeVry University, responsible for fiscal management and strategic planning for the university and its 23 campus libraries.
The Clare and Lucy Oesterle Director of Library Services chair was endowed in 1992 by Clare Oesterle '39 in memory of his wife Lucy who died in 1990. Clare was a North Central trustee and chair. To honor his generous spirit and gifts to the College, the library was named the Oesterle Library in 1983.