Advancing America's Libraries Podcast by The Ivy Group with guest Maureen Arndt

Podcast Episode: Improving Library Spaces


09.23.20
How is your space organized? Are your tools easy to access? Does your space still serve its original purpose? How do you do better with the space you already have?
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode with Jim Kovach and Julie Kane

Podcast Episode: Preparing Academic Libraries for the Fall Semester


07.08.20
Academic libraries are looking with trepidation at how they will reopen in the fall when students return to campus. Space considerations and their service implications are paramount, but what about the very character and role of the library as a gathering place?
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode with Jim Kovach

Podcast Episode: Libraries in the Age of Social Distancing


06.10.20
Keeping public spaces functional and clean has never been more important. What are the space design and facility maintenance considerations for libraries, pandemic and beyond?
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Takeaways from the Public Library Association Conference 2020


03.09.20
Our key takeaways from PLA 2020's fabulous keynotes, thoughtful discussions on accessibility, and innovative ideas for building thriving communities.
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast by The Ivy Group

Podcast Episode: The Whys and Why Nots of Focus Groups


02.26.20
What is a focus group? What is it not? What can you expect to learn in this type of community conversation? This episode of Advancing America's Libraries Podcast is co-hosted by library consultants Pam Fitzgerald and Julia Prince with Ivy Group colleague Ellen Roberson.
Advancing America's Libraries Podcast episode on advice for new library directors with Michele Stricker

Podcast Episode: Advice for New Library Directors


01.15.20
New library directors take note: those first few months are all about listening and learning. Focus on your staff, your trustees, and the community, and you’ll be golden.
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?
Comparing apples

Who’s Comparing? Benchmarking Library Performance


07.23.18
Benchmarking is a comparison of performance measures between similar entities against recognized standards. Library benchmarks are typically comparisons of numerical statistics such as circulation, visits, …
Marketing You Can Believe In blog

Marketing You Can Believe In


03.20.18
We know that we have used our marketing superpowers for good. And that’s a day’s work you can believe in.
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 to The Ivy Group.

Pam’s Top 10 Reads


01.12.15
Partner Pam Fitzgerald shares her favorite books that she read in 2014.