GLIBA Executive Director Deb Leonard to Step Down

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Deb LeonardDeb Leonard, who has served as the executive director for the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) since 2010, will be stepping down at the end of the year. GLIBA’s Board of Directors has initiated a search for a replacement.

GLIBA Board President Kate Schlademan of The Learned Owl in Hudson, Ohio, said the board hopes to hire a new executive director immediately.

“Given the changes in the industry, and our membership, we are using this opportunity to adapt the responsibilities within the role to reflect those changes, and are hoping to find a new executive director who, among other tasks, will continue to develop our social media presence and will travel around the region, meeting and working with our members,” said Schlademan.

The association is currently accepting resumes and aims to hire someone by the end of January.

Until a replacement is found, questions can be directed to Schlademan.

Earlier this year, Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Executive Director Laura Ayrey Burnett and New England Independent Booksellers Association Executive Director Steve Fischer announced plans to step down.