February 12, 2016 – Executive search firm Bradbury Associates / Gossage Sager Associates has been retained by Champaign Public Library to lead its search for a new library director. Interim library head Donna Pittman will lead the Champaign Public Library while the assignment is being conducted.
The search began shortly after library director Marsha Grove announced her retirement in September after 13 years of service. The search started with 27 candidates this past fall and a winnowing down process is now underway.
The library board of trustees is working closely with city of Champaign staff and Bradbury Associates. Trustee President Martin Wolske says the board has very much appreciated the community’s involvement and feedback during the search process.
“The board is taking this step to make sure we can find the right person to lead the library and continue to meet the evolving needs of our diverse community,” said Mr. Wolske.
The library’s recruitment process includes input from an executive search committee, the Champaign Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Champaign Public Library, library staff, City of Champaign staff, community leaders and the public.
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Located in Champaign, IL, the Champaign Public Library traces its roots as a private, member sustained group of readers to 1868. Its mission is to connect its community with the power of knowledge, the world of culture and ideas, and the joy of reading.
Bradbury Associates / Gossage Sager Associates specializes in executive searches almost solely for the library sector: About 80 percent of the firm’s work is for public libraries, though it also conducts searches for state libraries, library networks or consortia, and academic libraries. The firm was founded in 1983 and has conducted 130 searches.
The firm has recently completed director searches for the Westport (CT) and Carmel Clay (IN) Library System outside Indianapolis, among a host of others. In the past few years the firm has completed searches for public library directors in Denver (CO), Pierce County (WA), New Haven (CT), Las Vegas-Clark County (NV), Sonoma County (CA), Wooster (MA), Boulder (CO), Mobile (AL), Baton Rouge (LA) and Berkeley (CA).
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media