'Tis the season for office holiday parties!
Good ideas bubble up at the strangest times...too bad we can't blog in the shower!
The premise appears simple: libraries want to hire a consultant with the expertise their organization needs, and consultants seek interesting projects with clients that are a good fit in terms of work style and capabilities. Writing a RFP is hard work. Writing a proposal is hard work. Both require time and effort and are generally viewed with some apprehension. Having responded to literally hundreds (perhaps even a thousand!) of RFPs, I can attest: the better the RFP, the better the proposal! Here are a few tips from the consultant’s side of the desk that may help your library get the desired result.
Library book donation programs aren't just for honoring or memorializing humans!
A small wall area or empty space can be turned into a large-impact community resource that guarantees more visitors and revenues to your library. A few pointers:
Here’s an easy way to get donations at your library. The “big belly banks”, available from a variety of sources online, are a fun way for library visitors to donate their spare change.
Our strategic planning workshops were a big hit in New Jersey this May. We had some really great feedback, such as this quote from a library participant:
From the Division of You-Gotta-Laugh-So-You-Don’t-Cry, sung to the tune of I Will Survive, comes this satire of what’s happening across the country with library funding.
I asked the reference librarian, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.