Building/space programming projects
As a public library trustee, and at both Cornell and Carleton I was involved in various phases of building addition and renovation projects, but most of my experience is in renovations designed to enhance library as a service organization and as an agent in community building. In 2005 my research leave was to study innovative and historical library design, which took me to 103 libraries in 13 nations, and resulted in thousands of photographs, as small selection of which are included in the site Gallery. My ideas about the development of library as place were articulated in several articles, including ”From the Ashes of Alexandria: What’s Happening in the College Library?” and “Esprit de Place: Maintaining an Designing Library Buildings to Provide Transcendent Spaces”, with Jeffery A. Scherer in American Libraries, 33(4):65-68, April 2002″.
My practice includes working with both librarians and architectural firms as they plan building projects that will enhance library as place and support development and ongoing evolution of dynamic service programs.
Program and community development
What makes a library program effective is the extent to which it dynamically reflects, supports, and engages the communities it serves in performing its mission. My view is that academic libraries are active agents in community-building and essential components of the academic enterprises they serve. Aligning library resources and services with community needs is an ongoing process that benefits from regular infusions of outside perspective in addition to continual engagement of constituents.
My practice in advising and assisting in program development is based on my work experience as a library administrator at several very different institutions — Goddard College, Cornell University and Carleton College — and consulting with a range of colleges and universities. In working with academic libraries, I can manage complex decision-making processes and help to develop and manage institution-specific approaches to enriching, focusing and customizing library programs to meet needs in a wide range of areas, such as:
- integrating information literacy into the curriculum,
- strategies for supporting curricular initiatives of the faculty,
- liaison and research consultation programs,
- marketing library services and public relations,
- art and exhibitions programs tied to the curriculum,
- faculty outreach and relations,
- fostering campus-wide coordinated curricular support,
- developing learning commons and information commons,
- tailoring collection development and management programs to specific communities,
- developing digital library programs and managing hybrid collections,
- exposing hidden collections and developing programs for scanning unique content,
- cooperative collection development,
- integrating artists’ books into the collection and teaching programs of the library,
- initiating special collections teaching and programming,
- supporting archives development,
- unifying archives and library program development,
- library/IT partnerships
- consortial development
Project management and library assessments
Grant-writing, project management, trouble-shooting, consortium development, and developing and improving complex service operations and workflows: these are some of the areas of library administration I have enjoyed over the years. My consulting practice is designed to give me a chance to share and expand what I have learned while working in collaboration with colleagues around the nation and the world.
Conducting overall assessments of library operations and services, and developing plans for investment and improving libraries, are activities I enjoy doing for libraries and their parent institutions. This might extend, under the right circumstances, to serving as interim director long enough to provide a full assessment of what the library needs to thrive, to inform a search process for a new director, and to make the library ready for a new director. My goal is always to help move libraries forward and to improve their services; I am happy to work out customized arrangements to meet specific institutional needs.