John Keister & Associates: We Help Libraries Hire Exceptional Leaders

We are a partner-led team of executive search professionals. Founded in 1987, we support library organizations and nonprofits in their pursuit of exceptional leaders who impact and transform organizations.

During the past 35 years we have successfully completed over 350 executive level searches for organizations throughout the United States.
Our customers include public libraries, regional library systems of all sizes, nonprofits, academic libraries, and global technology companies.

We are an intentionally small firm and maintain a size that lends itself to creativity, responsiveness, agility, and integrity. Each search we undertake is customized and tailored to reflect the special character of the place and people a particular organization serves. We enjoy recruiting, identifying, and vetting leaders to evaluate how they may fit into your organization.

We know how to work effectively with governing boards through our own experience serving on public library boards, including roles as trustee and board president. We also consult on a wide range of issues including board effectiveness and succession planning, and are actively engaged as advocates for the library community.

When you select John Keister and Associates, you get a partner and a relationship that works to find the right leader who will expand your organization's capability and success.

We'd like to hear from you and discuss your needs. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

John Keister & Associates
Vernon Hills, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)

Sarah Keister Armstrong & Associates: We Help Libraries Plan for the Future

We believe that when their operations are aligned with community needs, libraries can be transformational institutions.

We understand the challenges facing today's libraries and the changes in how communities interact with them. We also know that every library is different, and one method of approaching planning or evaluation does not fit within the framework of every organization.

From designing customized surveys to facilitating comprehensive strategic planning processes, we bring a unique multidisciplinary background to our work that both recognizes the value of data and acknowledges the importance of conversation.

Sarah Keister Armstrong & Associates
Libertyville, Illinois (Greater Chicago Area)