Client success story – Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Client success story – Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

By on Sep 12, 2023 in Best Practices, Blog, Government and Public Sector, Public Libraries, Success Stories, Talent Acquisition |

Searches for senior public library professionals is an area of expertise we have developed over the years. We have a number of successful engagements with public libraries to help them find:

  • Library Directors
  • Fiscal Officers
  • Human Resources leaders
  • Library technology leaders

Our latest success story highlights our talent acquisition and recruiting services and how we have successfully helped library trustees when they need to appoint a Executive Director.

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library [HMMPL] in Zionsville, Indiana serves as a valuable community resource by encouraging the joy of reading, lifelong learning, and the exploration of creativity, information, and knowledge for all ages and cultures in an equitable manner.

HMMPL is a growing library serving more than 37,500 Central Indiana residents who live in Eagle, Union, and Worth townships of Boone County. A new branch is opening in Whitestown, Indiana in 2024. The Library serves patrons of all ages, and currently has the second highest circulation rate per capita in the state. The main branch is located in Zionsville, Indiana with a new branch opening in Whitestown, Indiana in the fall of 2023. The adjacent towns are recognized as two of the fastest growing areas in the state, boasting beautiful outdoor amenities, a thriving downtown, highly-ranked school systems, and a population growing in diversity.

Molly Hanlon is the President of the Board of Trustees and our project partner. She said:

From day one, OA was a professional and supportive partner in HMMPL’s search for a new Executive Director.  They began the process by helping the library better define the responsibilities of the Director during a time of great growth, and mid-construction of a new branch.  OA was committed to understanding the community we serve, visiting the area and meeting with staff and members of the board to fully evaluate our needs.   Their experience across all HR disciplines and their expertise in senior management recruitment made them stand out among other search firms in the Midwest.


Thanks to OA’s exceptional work, we found a new Director who has seamlessly assumed the role and is already a fantastic leader.  OA took the time to get to know her well to ensure a successful connection and followed up with onboarding help so that the new Director could jump right in on day one.  We are delighted with our new Director and truly enjoyed working with OA.  We wholeheartedly recommend OA to any organization seeking a strategic, dedicated and results-driven approach to recruitment and workforce strategy.

Kristin Shelley was selected as the new Executive Director, who started at the end of July.  The local news welcomed her in an article in August.

Our library consulting projects include professional librarians with extensive library management and operations experience. This ensures the solutions we recommend are anchored in the realities of leading a public library system.

Organizational Architecture is the trusted partner for more than thirty public libraries for human resources consulting, recruiting, performance management, and leadership development. If you need help in any of these areas, contact us and check out other public library updates to learn more.