Matthew Bunting, a Managing Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, shares the perspective of a seasoned search consultant with today’s academic librarians in a new book, Leading in the New Academic Library (Libraries Unlimited, 2017). This collection, edited by three highly experienced academic librarians, Becky Albitz (Marist College), Christine Avery (Penn State), and Diane Zabel (Penn State), offers advice on leadership to help academic librarians of all experience levels understand how to achieve success in this rapidly evolving culture.
“I was happy to offer leadership guidance that might not be covered in traditional textbooks on library management and academic librarianship,” says Matt.
Matt's contribution to the collection, titled “Looking Behind the Curtain: Perspectives of an Executive Search Consultant,” is a must-read for any academic librarian who seeks to understand the hiring process for higher-level positions. Matt’s perspective reflects years of search experience and particular insight gleaned from successful librarian searches conducted for Carleton College, Lafayette College, and Skidmore College. Prior to joining Storbeck/Pimentel, Matt earned a Master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University and worked in writing and publishing.
Firm-wide, Storbeck/Pimentel is active in this space, most recently finding new leaders for the libraries of Binghamton University, The College of Wooster, Dartmouth College, Gonzaga University, Haverford College, St. Lawrence University, Tulane University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Virginia, among others.