ALA secures search firm in quest for new executive director

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/05/2017


Dan Hoppe


ALA Human Resources

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has announced that it will enlist the services of Isaacson, Miller to identify and select ALA’s new executive director.  ALA’s current Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, will retire on July 31, 2017. 

ALA has established a search committee to work with Isaacson, Miller during the selection process.  The search is scheduled to begin by the end of May, with final interviews scheduled for the end of October. 

"We look forward to working with Isaacson, Miller on this important search,” said ALA Search Committee Chairperson Courtney Young. “They bring considerable experience and expertise to this process."

“Our firm is dedicated to recruiting exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations,” said Isaacson, Miller President Vivian Brocard. “Libraries are a vital and dynamic part of the civic sector, committed to enhancing learning and ensuring information access for all. We are thrilled to have been selected to work on this important search,”

The members of the search committee are:  Courtney L. Young, EDSC Search Committee Chairperson, Penn State Greater Allegheny; James (Jim) G. Neal, ALA Executive Board Rep Columbia University; Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., ALA Executive Board Rep., Library of Congress; Ann M. Martin, ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) Rep; Dora T. Ho, Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) Rep, Los Angeles (CA) Public Library; Diane R. Chen, ALA Divisions Rep. Stratford STEM Magnet School; Karen G. Schneider, ALA Divisions Rep. Dean, University Library, Sonoma State University; Stefanie Metko, ALA Emerging Leaders Rep. Virginia Tech; Joseph M. Eagan, ALA Round Tables Rep.; Keri Cascio, ALA Staff Rep.; Miguel Figueroa, ALA Staff Rep.; Amy Spence Lappin, New Hampshire Chapter Councilor, Lebanon (NH) Public Libraries; Mario M. Gonzalez, ALA Councilor-at-Large, Passaic (NJ) Public Library, ALA Staff Liaison Dan Hoppe,  ALA Human Resources

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About ALA
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About Isaacson, Miller
Founded in 1982, Isaacson, Miller is a national retained executive search firm serving clients across the country and increasingly around the world.  With a staff of 200 in offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, the firm conducts about 300 searches annually for higher education institutions, professional and scholarly associations, academic medical and healthcare centers, foundations and advocacy organizations.  Search consultants Nanette M. Blandin and Marc St. Hilaire will be leading the search on behalf of Isaacson, Miller.