John Keister & Associates

Executive Search

We Help Libraries Hire Exceptional Leaders

We have a deep understanding of libraries through our service on library boards, including roles as trustee and president of multiple boards. We also consult on a wide range of issues including library board effectiveness and succession planning, and are actively engaged as advocates for the library community.

Our team thinks and works creatively, challenging the status quo in library executive search. Since our founding in 1987, John Keister & Associates has earned a reputation for identifying and recruiting outstanding leadership talent for our customers. Our searches have included community libraries, regional systems with dozens of branches, large consortiums, and private sector organizations.

By accepting a limited number of search assignments, we are able to offer a high level of individualized service through detail-oriented, personalized attention. Our firm’s partners will personally conduct your search with extensive, proven expertise to locate and land the top library leader you need.

Each search we undertake is customized to reflect the special character of the place and people that particular library serves. We use our talents, skills, contacts, and library knowledge to execute a successful recruiting strategy that specifically caters to your library’s unique requirements.

We work hard to understand your library’s needs, your culture, and your objectives so we can match the new director to the trajectory of your organization. When you select John Keister and Associates, you get a partner and a relationship that works to find the library leader that will expand your library’s capability and success.

Please contact us to learn more about our services or to discuss current search projects.

John Keister & Associates
Vernon Hills, IL (Chicago area)
John Keister & Associates
P: 847-955-0541
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