Over the last 14 years, Library Strategies has worked with nearly 200 libraries across the country, ranging from small, rural libraries to large, multi-branch, metropolitan systems.  We’ve learned a number of lessons in this work, and the first is, that the despite the differences, libraries share in their missions, purposes, approaches and core services.  That…

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I feel like Goldilocks every time I check in with my governance committee – Is it too much? Too little? Just right? These questions are in reference to my communication with The Friends’ Board who, like all of us, are learning to balance the simultaneous responsibilities of work, family, education, and public health in new…

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Come (virtually) close, my friends, I must be very honest with you. I’m not good at change. There are a great many psychological reasons for this, none of which it would be appropriate to get into now. (I was going to write “in public,” but I’m working on a memoir. Make of that what you…

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Kim’s professional bio is featured this month, but the more interesting story is that she fell into fascination with communications as a child when she realized that grocery stores guided your shopping by placing the milk in the back, making you wander past all manner of other things you might want to get to what…

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I sat down to speak with Kim about her approach to communications because I had an assortment of biases about the field, most of which were based in my dislike of the way corporations advertise. I wanted to understand communications in a nonprofit context. The first thing that struck me is the way Kim pulls…

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It’s almost a no-brainer to say that the take-away has been wow! Every library is different, and neighborhoods mean something. There are libraries that have thrown out their arms and said Bring us traditional readings with mystery writers to tie-in with a book club. And other branches have said Thanks, no thanks. What we’re after…

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Tisidra is passionate about creating systems that allow more people to thrive. As an artist, lawyer, and entrepreneur, she works at those intersections to connect with individuals and communities; design and create more holistic programs and policies; and try to expand access to economic opportunities for more people. Tisidra has studied the power of the…

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Did your library resolve to make a better budget this year? Each month we will feature one of our partners that make up our network of consultants. This month, we bring you James Rachlin whose knowledge of all things Budget may be just what you need. Areas of expertise: Financial ForecastingBudget Analysis James Rachlin is…

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I grew up a Library Kid. The library was one of the first places mother-approved for a bike trip, sans parents. My mother could trust me to go, drop off my own books, pick up more, and come home ready to disappear into the new stack. I thought I knew libraries. Turns out, I was…

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Are you worried that your Friends group is “aging out?” Are you concerned that there just aren’t that many available volunteers to sustain your group into the future? You will probably be surprised to learn that there are many young volunteers ready and willing to work with your group. While most Friends members guess that…

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