The Executive Search Committee of the OCLC Board of Trustees and OCLC's Community Advisory Group have made significant progress and established a general timeline in the process to select the next President and CEO of the OCLC cooperative.
"The Search Committee has been very pleased that this opportunity has attracted a number of impressive candidates from a variety of backgrounds," said Sandy Yee, Chair of the Executive Search Committee, and Dean of the Wayne State University Libraries and Library and Information Science Program. "Many of the candidates have been nominations from member libraries, the Community Advisory Group, OCLC staff and the Board itself."
According to Ms. Yee, in-person interviews of candidates by members of the Search Committee will begin in February, followed by a second round of interviews by March.
Members of the OCLC Board of Trustees and the Community Advisory Group will also have an opportunity to interview the finalists in person by April. The Board of Trustees plans to make its final selection by June.
Knowledge about libraries and education, experience in global enterprises, financial management, technology and diverse stakeholder management are among the key criteria in the assessment of prospects. Candidates have come from libraries, higher education, technology and information management organizations, among others.
The executive search firm of Heidrick & Struggles has been retained by the Committee to assist in the search. The Executive Search Committee and Community Advisory Group, comprising representatives of OCLC member libraries and OCLC staff, were formed to represent the interests of OCLC members and staff throughout the selection process. These groups have collaboratively developed a timeline with deliverables, and have outlined how they will advance candidates through the selection process.
An OCLC Executive Search Web page was created to provide a mechanism for members to submit nominations, allow members and candidates to review the position specifications and to list the individuals participating on the Search Committee and Community Advisory Group.
The successful candidate will succeed Jay Jordan, who has announced his plans to retire. Until his retirement on June 30, 2012, Mr. Jordan will remain fully engaged as President and CEO. At that time, he will have served 14 years in that position, the longest tenure of any OCLC president.
Members of the Community Advisory Group have provided the Executive Search Committee with counsel regarding the selection of a new OCLC President and CEO, including input to the position profile, names for consideration, potential sources of candidates, and stakeholder perspectives. The Group will also be engaged in the final stage of the interview process.
More about the selection process is on the OCLC website.
Members of the Community Advisory Group are:
- Pam Bailey, Member Advocate, OCLC
- ChewLeng Beh, Vice President/President-Elect, OCLC Global Council, and Senior Director Library and Professional Services and Director of SILAS, National Library Board, Singapore
- Paul Cappuzzello, Senior Library Services Consultant, OCLC
- William Crowe, Former Member of the OCLC Board of Trustees and Librarian Emeritus, University of Kansas, USA
- Carol Diedrichs, Director of Libraries, The Ohio State University, USA
- Berndt Dugall, OCLC Global Council President and Direktor/Librarian, Universität Frankfurt, Universitätsbibliothek Johann Senckenberg, Germany
- Chrystie Hill, Director, WebJunction Community Services, OCLC
- Patrick Losinski, Executive Director, Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library, USA
- Constance Malpas, Program Officer, OCLC Research
- Andrew Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC
- Anja Smit, Regional Representative, OCLC Global Council, and University Librarian, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
- John Ulmschneider, University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
- Norbert Weinberger, Managing Director, Germany, OCLC