June 28, 2021 – Executive search firm Bradbury-Miller Associates helped Hoboken Public Library recruit Jennie Pu as its new director. After what turned out to be nationwide research, four finalists were identified. The board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Pu as its new leader. She replaces longtime director Lina Podles who officially retired on June 1.
“The Hoboken Public Library is undergoing significant changes and we are pleased to welcome Jennie to lead the team,” said Jerome Abernathy, Chairman of the Board. “In addition to leading the traditional client-focused operations of our public library, Jennie will manage the library through its full-service post-COVID restoration and take responsibility for leading the library through its long-awaited renovation. We look forward to working with her as she takes on these enormous responsibilities.
“She brings new energy and is the imaginative leader who will serve the library well,” said Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken. “I know she will bring an exceptional level of community service to Hoboken in her new role, and I look forward to working with her and the library board.”
Ms. Pu is currently Dean of University Libraries at Hudson County Community College. Over the course of her career, she has gained experience in various roles with the West Orange Board of Education, the New Jersey Board of Education, the Hudson Montessori School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art Library.
Ms. Pu said she was excited about the opportunity to run the Hoboken Public Library. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, the city and all members of the Hoboken community to build on the library’s past successes and position it for an even greater future,” a- she declared.
Libraries looking for new leaders
Bradbury-Miller specializes in executive search for the library industry. About 80 percent of the company’s work is directed to public libraries, although it also conducts research for state libraries, library networks or consortia, and academic libraries. The company, which was founded in 1983, has carried out around 130 research to date.
His practice is national in scope and his research on library leadership reads like a Who’s Who of this small but important niche. The company researched directors for Westport (CT) and Carmel Clay (IN) libraries as well as directors of public libraries in Denver, 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).
Libraries turn to research firms
Research companies across the country are finding that the leadership needs of libraries are increasing dramatically. Here’s a sample from the Hunt Scanlon archives:
Isaacson, Miller recently assisted the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in recruiting Christina M. Shutt as the fifth executive director and first person of color to lead the organization.. Partner Andy Lee led the research with Managing Partner Jeff Kessner. “Christina Shutt brings considerable expertise to the job, as well as new perspectives on how to interpret the life, legacy and lessons of Abraham Lincoln,” said Ray LaHood, chairman of the board of ALLPM. . “We are delighted that she is leading a great institution dedicated to an even greater man,” he said. “After a nationwide search for the best candidate to shape the 21st century legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Illinois is delighted to welcome Christina Shutt and her family to Springfield,” said JB Pritzker, Governor of Illinois.
Coleman Lew Canny Bowen recently recruited Marcellus Turner as the new CEO and Chief Librarian of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina.. Mr. Turner replaces Lee Keesler, who announced last June that he would be retiring after nearly a decade in the post. “Marcellus Turner is an exceptional leader whose experience and visionary approach make him the ideal person to lead the development and direction of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library,” said Joe Helweg, chair of the library board. Charlotte Mecklenburg and head of the research committee. “A respected voice in the national conversation on the future of libraries, Marcellus will be a strategic local leader for our region with his thought leadership on how urban libraries can become more socially aware and impactful to help solve the challenges facing our communities are confronted today. . ”
Rockville, Maryland-based executive search firm JDG Associates helped the Library of Congress select Shira Perlmutter as its copyright registry.. Darren DeGioia, chairman of the research firm, led the mission. “Shira brings to this role an in-depth knowledge of national and international copyright laws and policies and experience in negotiating international intellectual property agreements. She has the experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders and finding common ground on complex issues, ”said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, providing access to America’s creative record – and many documents from around the world – both onsite and online. It is the principal research body of the United States Congress and the home of the US Copyright Office.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor-in-chief; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor-in-Chief – Hunt Scanlon Media