Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode on library boards with Nancy Davis

Podcast Episode: Build a Better Board


12.06.19
Constructing a strong board is all about recruitment, composition, and management. Ready to find the right advocates for your library?
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode with Pam Fitzgerald, Julia Prince, and Ellen Roberson

How to Write an RFP for Library Strategic Planning


10.01.19
Why hire a strategic planning consultant instead of going it alone? RFP do's and don'ts for a smooth process that results in finding the right consultant for your library.
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode with Catherine Alloway, Director of Schlow Region Centre Library in State College, PA

Podcast Episode: Assemble an Effective Strategic Planning Committee


09.04.19
Who should be on a library strategic planning committee? How to manage committee politics? What is the committee's role before, during, and after the plan is developed?

Deflating the Hierarchy. Pumping up the Flat.


08.26.19
Top-down versus participatory library leadership as the profession embraces innovation and customer-centrism.
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode with Lisa Hoenig, Ypsilanti District Library

Podcast Episode: Pass a Millage Increase


08.07.19
Lisa Hoenig, Director of the Ypsilanti District Library, provides useful direction and insights for libraries working to raise operational funds especially in communities that were hard hit by the downturn in the economy.
Comparing apples

Who’s Comparing? Benchmarking Library Performance


07.23.18
Benchmarking is a comparison of performance measures between similar entities and/or against recognized standards. Library benchmarks are typically comparisons of numerical (quantitative) statistics such as …
Ivy Group's logo leaf icon 3D printed

3D Printing (for Free) at Your Library


08.01.17
Several years ago, the idea of printing objects seemed extraordinary. Now, it’s more mainstream and available to the public, particularly through libraries. Curious to experience 3D printing firsthand, Ivy Group programmer Landon Dorrier popped over to a local Charlottesville library to get hands-on experience.
Library card design for Ypsilanti District Library

Why Give a Public Library a Tagline?


06.22.17
Support advocacy efforts. It's no secret that over the past twenty-five years, public libraries, alongside schools and other services, have felt the pinch of straitened municipal …

Only in Des Moines During a National Election


03.04.16
It’s political season and Greg Heid, Library Director, Des Moines (IA) Public Library recounts his primary experience.
library kiosk

To Kiosk or Not to Kiosk: That is Only Part of the Question


08.12.14
As electronic services crowd out print, the costs of facilities--construction, renovation, and upkeep--are under unprecedented scrutiny. Several library systems we have worked with as consultants have considered …

Aspirin for Holiday Closures


05.19.14
Holiday library closures can be a major headache.

Children as Library Donors


04.14.14
Do you encourage children to donate to the library? Is it productive, ethical and strategic to do so?

What Should You Require From Your Library’s Website?


03.31.14
Start with responsive web design, quality content, intuitive navigation, and a user-friendly content management system.

Libraries “at the core” of Common Core State Standards


03.13.14
As Common Core State Standards are adopted, students will rely even more on library resources.

Are Focus Groups a Necessary Research Method?


01.22.14
We often receive inquiries about focus groups. In common use for many years in corporate America, their popularity has migrated into the non-profit sector. However, …