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OCLC Board of Trustees to engage members in process to select next president and CEO

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 1 August 2011—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.

The Community Advisory Group will provide input on the position profile that might include key attributes, skills and other considerations in a candidate. The group may offer specific referrals for consideration, and will work collaboratively with the Executive Search Committee to represent the interests of various stakeholders, including OCLC members and staff.

“The Board is committed to a search process that engages OCLC members,” said Mr. Alford, during a meeting June 28 with OCLC staff in Dublin, Ohio. “The board believes that, given the culture of OCLC as a member-owned and -governed organization, and our commitment to member engagement, we should conduct this process in an open manner consistent with our desire to recruit the strongest possible leader for the OCLC cooperative.”

A brief explanation of the process presented by Mr. Alford to OCLC staff is available on the Web.

The search process is expected to take up to a year. “Jay wanted to give us sufficient advance notice to provide time for a thorough search and a smooth transition for his successor,” said Mr. Alford.

Mr. Jordan announced his plans to retire during the OCLC President’s Luncheon at the ALA Annual Conference on June 27. He is the fourth president of OCLC, the nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization founded in 1967. By June 2012, Mr. Jordan will have served 14 years as president and CEO, the longest tenure of any OCLC president.

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