Geneva Library officials question search firms

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva Library officials Monday heard from two people who want to help the board find its next director.

The special meeting featured proposals from John Keister of John Keister & Associates and Alice Calabrese-Berry of Calaberry Consulting.

A longtime headhunter with a passion for libraries, Keister told the trustees he would aim to find candidates who fit Geneva’s specific needs.

His goal is to make the board’s decision difficult, he said.

“You’ll like them all,” he said of the five to six finalists he would present to the board.

Calabrese-Berry is a former Geneva Library director who helped the Sugar Grove Public Library with a director search a few years ago.

She would talk with the board, department heads and staff to develop the job description, she said. She noted she also would want to study the library’s culture to find a good fit.

“What if we want the culture to change?” trustee Susan Shivers asked, noting the question isn’t necessarily a reflection on what officials want.

“You let me know,” Calabrese-Berry said.

The agenda indicated the board expected to make a decision Monday, but trustees still were interviewing Calabrese-Berry as of press time.

Trustees are searching for a new library director after Matt Teske resigned last month. The board majority accepted his resignation, then appointed him as an assistant director.

The board appointed Marilyn Boria as temporary interim director. It hopes to find a new director by July 1. Boria also served as interim director in Sugar Grove while its board looked for a new director.