PLA 2024: “Choose Your Own Adventure”

Library Strategies Assistant Director David Katz shares key takeaways from the conference. Library Strategies regularly sends representatives to state and national library conferences: to exhibit in vendor halls, lead workshops, contribute to panels, and to meet formally with clients and partners. We can usually count on a jam-packed itinerary full of responsibilities. In refreshing contrast,…

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What’s Ahead for Libraries in 2024: Thoughts from Our Consultants

Library Strategies consultants and staff  gathered virtually to discuss what they are expecting of the library landscape in 2024 and forward. Topics of interest were funding streams, staff stress, “culture war” fallout, and automated/afterhours library services. Staff UncertaintyConsultants were honest that they are seeing a lot of burnout and uncertainty from library staff. They are…

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Library Strategies Year End Review

A year-end note from our director Alayne Hopkins:Library Strategies saw a broad range of projects in 2023 and worked with several previous clients on new initiatives. Strategic Planning continued to be a strong area of need, and library support organizations sought guidance on how to best support their library partners. For 2024, we’re looking forward…

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Building Better Libraries with The Idaho Commission for Libraries

Library Strategies is excited to share our newest partnership with you! The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), the state agency that supports libraries in Idaho, recently awarded more than $3.25 million in facilities improvement grants to 15 public libraries. This special funding stems from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund. Building projects…

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Introducing Richmond Kinney

Hello everyone! I am the newest member of the Libraries Strategies staff and want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and talk about my role in the organization.  I grew up in Milwaukee and have lived in Madison, WI, Portland, OR, Duluth, MN, and now St Paul, MN with my goofy dog, Deena. Like…

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All About Library Boards with Lynda Reynolds

This month we’re continuing our exploration of trustee boards with Lynda Reynolds, the Public Library Management Consultant at the State Library of North Carolina. In her position she develops resources for trustees, library directors, and Friends. She previously worked for 17 years as the director of the Stillwater Public Library in Oklahoma.   Library Strategies: Who,…

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Chatting Fundraisers with The Duluth Public Library Foundation

Library Strategies believes it is important to listen to the wisdom of our colleagues in the community, as much as relying on the strengths of our own experiences when it comes to doing the work. In the fall of 2022, The Duluth Public Library Foundation worked on a new strategic plan with Library Strategies. During…

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Gathering Your Friends – Again

A vital part of the role of both Friends Groups and Foundations is fundraising and advocacy for their library. However, fundraising for the Foundation or Friends group can be just different enough that it requires its own mindset and its own set of skills and intentions. This is why Library Strategies offers a dynamic range…

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