Our Consultants


Primary responsibility for each search is dependent upon geographic location, work load, and familiarity with the type of library. Following are the individuals who are regularly engaged in executive search by our firm. Bradbury Miller Associates may also involve other consultants whenever specialized assistance is needed. One of the major advantages of retaining Bradbury Miller Associates is that we bring library professionalism in addition to search firm competencies to strengthen our search work for you.

Current Consultants

Karen E. Miller, President/Owner, has worked as a search consultant for eight years. Prior to that, Karen most recently worked as Associate Director at Stark County (Ohio) District Library and served as Interim Executive Director for SCDL in 2012. Karen has over 20 years of wide- ranging public library experience, from rural library directorships to branch management to administrative responsibilities in a county district library and in an urban metro library. Karen has demonstrated excellence in strategic planning, staff management and development, successful levy campaigns, event planning, fundraising, and public speaking. She is an active member of the Ohio Library Council, serving on the Library Education Committee and as an annual presenter for the OLC’s New Library Directors Workshop, serves on the American Library Association Committee on Membership Meetings, as well as being a member of the Public Library Association. Karen also serves as Mentor and Steering Committee member for the ILEAD USA-Ohio leadership program for Ohio librarians and is Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Drum Corps Competition held each year in Canton, Ohio.

Jobeth Bradbury, Managing Consultant, has worked as a search consultant for the past ten years, and was, most recently, the Library Director at the North Kansas City Public Library/High School Media Center. During her ten years at North Kansas City, she was the project co-lead in the Library’s Building Project and also one of the Project Managers in facilitating the Combined Public Library/High School Media Center Project. She also worked closely with elected officials and with the business community. Prior to coming to North Kansas City, she served as Library Consultant, Northeast Kansas Library System; Adult Services Department Chair, Kansas City, KS Public Library and Associate Director, Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, where she participated in a successful tax levy campaign. In addition to her public library experience, Jobeth taught for the University of Missouri’s Masters in Library Science program—courses included Collections Management, Public Libraries, and Reference. Volunteer activities include Past President-North Kansas City Kiwanis Club; Kansas City Academy Annual Auction Chair, Community Treasures Annual Architectural Awards Co-Chair; and the Parkway Towers Condominium Homeowners Association Board.

Brian C. Hare, Managing Consultant, most recently served as the Director of Reed Memorial Public Library (Ravenna, Ohio) and has worked in a variety of settings during his 15+ years of library experience. He came to public library service through the AmeriCorps Network and obtained his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Brian has also served as director for a small rural public library and manager for a metro suburban library. One of his favorite positions was Archive Intern at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh where he got to rifle through Warhol’s Time Capsules. Specializing in strategic planning facilitation, marketing/branding, project management, levy campaigns and public speaking, Brian stays active with the Ohio Library Council, American Library Association, and Public Library Association serving on various committees and presenting on library topics. Brian is also an active board member of Main Street Ravenna and Ravenna School District Equity Task Force. He believes that libraries are the most important element of any community.

Dan Bradbury, Advising Consultant, has worked as a search consultant for the past thirteen years and previously has over 30 years of successful experience as a library director, including nineteen years as Director of the Kansas City (MO) Public Library District. During his tenure in Kansas City he reorganized/rebuilt the branch system, established two public/private partnerships for the creation of new facilities and initiated a successful capital campaign and construction projects for a new Central Library. Prior to coming to Kansas City, he served as Director of the Janesville (WI) Public Library and the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library (a two county system) in St. Joseph, Missouri; he also served as Associate Director for Branch and Extension Services at the Waco-McLennan County Library in Waco, Texas. He received a Distinguished Graduate Award from Emporia's School of Library and Information Management in 1985; Library Journal named him as Librarian of the Year for 1991; the University of Missouri-Kansas City granted an Alumni Achievement Award to him in 2001; and the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy named him Non-Profit Executive of the Year in 2003.

Thomas Dillie, Associate, is currently Director of the Minerva Public Library (Ohio). Tom’s earlier experience as a book store employee in Urbana, IL led to the completion of a Master’s in Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His first professional library position was as Adult Services Librarian, Wadsworth Public Library in Ohio. He was subsequently hired as a branch manager for the Greene County Public Library, Xenia, Ohio and became Assistant Director in 2006. Tom joined the Minerva Public Library in 2008 as Director. Tom is a member of the SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) Library Consortium Advisory Committee. He brings a variety of experience in both single-building and multi-branch libraries in both rural and urban settings.