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Indianapolis Public Library Begins Search for New Chief Executive Officer

May 26, 2011

The Indianapolis Public Library has announced that it has begun its search for a new chief executive officer. The search, conducted by Bradbury and Associates, is expected to result in a new CEO by November.

Laura Bramble, the CEO since 2007, announced her intention to retire last November.

"We are consistently rated among the top ten urban libraries in the United States, and our search process is going to reflect this," said Tom Shevlot, president of The Indianapolis Public Library Board. "This is a time of tremendous transition for our libraries, and our new CEO is going to have to lead us through some very difficult challenges and exciting opportunities."

The Indianapolis Public Library operates 22 branches and Central Library and has a budget of over $38 million. For the past several years, the number of patrons has topped the five million mark and over one million hours of computer time have been logged annually.

Bradbury and Associates, along with the Library's executive search committee, is pursuing an aggressive timeline for recommending a replacement.

In recent years, the Indianapolis Public Library has faced significant funding shortfalls that have resulted in reduced hours, employee layoffs, and salary freezes.

Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly voted to give the City-County Council the authority to fund libraries using county option income tax proceeds.

"Our libraries are undergoing a time of profound change and sound, visionary leadership will be extremely important," stated Laura Bramble, current CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library. "Whatever losses we've sustained, we will never lose our importance to our neighborhoods."