January 25, 2021

OCLC Announces Members of Search Committe to Find New CEO, Library Community Will Also Be Asked For Input

From OCLC (aka Straight Out of Dublin):

The OCLC Board of Trustees will engage OCLC members in the process to select a successor to Jay Jordan, who plans to retire as OCLC President and CEO at the end of June 2012.

Larry Alford, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries, announced today the composition of an Executive Search Committee from the OCLC Board that will lead the process to select a new leader of the cooperative. Committee members are:

  • Chair, Sandy Yee, Dean of the Wayne State University Libraries and Library and Information Science Program
  • Ed Barry, President Emeritus, Oxford University Press
  • Maggie Farrell, Dean of Libraries, University of Wyoming
  • Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor, University of Kansas
  • Kathleen Imhoff, Library Consultant
  • David Lauer, Former President and COO, Bank One, NA
  • James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University
  • Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

The OCLC Board has hired Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm that operates from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, to aid in the search process. The Executive Search Committee will develop and oversee a plan to ensure that perspectives from the OCLC Board, members and staff are included in the search process. The committee will develop a timeline and a search plan in conjunction with the search firm to ensure broad national and international exposure for the position, as well as consideration of internal candidates.

The committee will soon form a Community Advisory Group that will involve the OCLC membership, OCLC staff and the library community at large in the process to select the next president.

Learn more about the Community Advisory Group

Watch A Brief Video from Larry Alford About the Executive Search Process

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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