Charlie Barlow

Placed Leader

Charlie Barlow

Executive Director
Boston Library Consortium

August 21, 2020

Koya partnered with the Boston Library Consortium on its search for an Executive Director. The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) was founded in 1970 with a focus on resource sharing.  Today the BLC includes academic and research libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Our search resulted in the recruitment of Charlie Barlow.

Barlow joined the BLC from the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium of 14 liberal arts colleges across five states. As ACM’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs, he led strategic planning, the development and launch of new programs, institutional data reporting, partnerships and engagement, as well as related communications, operations and grants management. Barlow strengthened the value of the consortium’s 55-year partnership with the Newberry Library by catalyzing a new competitive faculty fellowship program and enriching the student experience through new mentorship opportunities with library staff. He also cultivated collaborative relationships with the Field Museum and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to design immersive programming opportunities for faculty and students. In collaboration with faculty and staff, Barlow advanced a range of grant-funded initiatives including projects to deepen the culture of assessment, institutionalize high-impact educational practices and create more equitable civic engagement between colleges and their communities.

Prior to the ACM, Barlow served as the Director of the Policy Research Collaborative at Roosevelt University. Drawing upon a rich history of engaged scholarship and experiential learning, he increased opportunities for civic partners and the university community to address interdisciplinary policy issues including racial equity, housing and economic mobility, health justice and youth development.

Barlow held academic appointments in geography and public policy studies at the University of Chicago in addition to research positions with the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, the Chicago Consortium on School Research and the Metro Chicago Information Center. He began his career in financial services with Friends Provident International and Royal London 360.

Barlow currently serves on the boards of directors for the Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest, Friends of the Parks, Housing Choice Partners of Illinois and the National Public Housing Museum. In 2018, he was selected to join the inaugural class of Equity Fellows with Chicago United for Equity.

Barlow earned his BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.