John Keister & Associates

Executive Search for Libraries

We Help Libraries Hire Effective Leaders

John Keister & Associates is a full-service, nationwide executive search firm founded by John and Beth Keister in 1987. We have completed over 300 executive searches. Our library searches have included small community libraries, regional libraries with dozens of branches, and large consortiums. Each search we undertake is customized to reflect the distinct and special character of the place and people that particular library serves.

We believe quality matters more than quantity and we limit the number of searches that we conduct at any one time. This allows us to meet our objective: to conduct each search to its optimum completion. We want you to be completely satisfied with the individual you hire — and with us.

When working with public libraries, John draws upon his experience as an elected Public Library Trustee and Library Board President.

Clients have described us as:
  • “Taking the time to fully understand our organization and culture”
  • “Responsive with an easy-to-work-with personal approach to search”
  • “Experienced with an excellent ability to identify top leadership traits”
We offer a smart, innovative and cost-effective approach to recruiting. Please contact us to learn more about our services or to discuss current search projects.

John Keister & Associates
Vernon Hills, Illinois
P: 847-955-0541
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Member of:
  • ALA American Library Association
  • PLA Public Library Association
  • ACRL Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Illinois Library Association, Michigan Library Association
  • Wisconsin Library Association, Minnesota Library Association
  • Indiana Library Federation
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