Greetings! I am writing today to both introduce myself and share some great news about a colleague well known to many of you, Stu Wilson. I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary as president of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, the foundation for the nationally renowned Saint Paul Public Library system and home…

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With the new year, we are excited to announce two new additions to our roster of experienced consultants. This year Sally Gardner Reed and Christine Watkins will officially join our team. Library Strategies is committed to recruiting the best and brightest library leaders and experts across the county to work with our clients, helping fulfill…

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It is bittersweet that we announce Sue Hall will be retiring as Director of Library Strategies at the end of the month. We are excited for Sue and the new journeys that lie ahead, but will miss her great sense of humor, leadership, and dedication to improving libraries across the country. We are pleased to…

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Dr. Christopher Stewart is the newest Library Strategies consultant to join our team. Stewart will be expanding our services to the academic library world in several areas including: Organization Assessment & Development Strategic Planning Executive Search Space Planning (View All Services and Details) Stewart has over twenty years in academic library leadership, teaching and consulting.…

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We want to share with you that Peter Pearson, co-founder of Library Strategies and President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, is preparing to retire at the end of this year after 25 years in his role. While he’s stepping down as President, the good news for Library Strategies is that he…

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After 25 years with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Peter Pearson is set to retire at the end of 2016. During his tenure as the President of The Friends, Pearson has grown the organization from a staff of two with an annual budget of $200,000 and a seven-member Board, to the entrepreneurial organization it is today:…

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Melissa Brechon, Library Strategies Consulting Group, Library Consulting

Melissa comes to Library Strategies with over 8 years of experience as a library consultant and over 25 years experience as a librarian and public library administrator. She was an independent consultant with Robert H. Rohlf Consulting and Library Consulting for 8 years before joining Library Strategies as a Lead Consultant. Melissa served as a…

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Penny Hummel, Library Strategies Consulting Group, Library Consulting

The 2013-14 president of the Oregon Library Association, library consultant Penny Hummel has twelve years of management experience in public libraries both large and small, as well as prior volunteer experience as a library advocate, Friends president and Library Foundation trustee. Her areas of practice include marketing, fundraising and organizational development. In 2013, Penny was…

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Karen Rose, Library Strategies Consulting Group, Library Consulting

Business Development Coordinator and Lead Consultant Karen comes to Library Strategies with over 15 years of experience as a fundraising and strategic planning professional. She was a consultant with Professional Fundraising Services for nearly seven years and ran her own consulting firm for four years. Karen specializes in feasibility studies, board training, and strategic planning.…

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Stu Wilson Library Strategies, Library Consulting

Stu Wilson is the Project Coordinator and a lead consultant for Library Strategies. Previously, Stu served as the Executive Director of The Friends of the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis and Vice-President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. He has over 20 years of senior management experience in library, adult literacy, museum,…

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