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 and/or against recognized standards. Library benchmarks are typically comparisons of numerical (quantitative) statistics such as …
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.

Pam’s Top 10 Reads


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

Building A Niche With Social Media


06.25.14
Today, marketing is all about branding; personal brands, product brands and service brands-virtually everyone and everything you see, hear or touch has a tinge of …

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.