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Transform and Deliver - Strategic and Action Planning
In a rapidly changing environment libraries need to think strategically about where their organizations fit in today’s complex information environment. What services do your customers want and expect from you? How do you stay abreast of the latest technological developments? How can you best make the case for local support? LDS can help you develop a strategic plan that identifies your library’s overall goals and priorities and provide you with strategies to implement your ideas. Working with you and your planning team we will assess your current operating environment, review demographic and other trends that affect the delivery of library service, talk to your customers to learn more about what they want, and help you identify clear goals and obtainable objectives that will help transform your library and staff. We'll also help you develop an email database, e-newsletter and engage in social media to spread the word about the project and the library.

Listen and Respond - Community Needs Assessments
Who are your customers? Or more importantly who doesn’t use the library and why. If you are not ready for a strategic planning effort but want to know more about your customers’ perceptions and thoughts about the library we can help you with a community wide needs assessment. Using a combination of focus groups, surveys, and interviews we can provide you with a detailed report that provides a snapshot of what people in your community think about the library as well as recommendations for actions you can take to address identified needs.

The Right Leader at the Right Time - Director Recruitment

It's true. It is all about leadership. Is the current Director retiring or moving? Is the Board of Trustees looking for a high energy Director who can create a compelling vision for the future of the library and can then lead the Board and community to achieve that vision? LDS understands leadership and how to transform libraries. LDS will assist you in creating the right leadership profile for your Director and then help you identify, interview and hire the right candidate.

Refresh, Repurpose and Renew - Space Evaluations and Building Programs
Providing 21st century library service in 20th century buildings is a daunting task. We can help you and your board develop the case for new or expanded facilities. LDS will assess your current facility, provide you with feedback about needed improvements, and offer recommendations about short and long term solutions that will make your library work more effectively. If you are ready to work with an architect on building design we can create a building program to detail the kind of space you need and the specific functions that space will support as well as all the detail your architect will need to design a great building.

Growing the Library Every Day - Fundraising, Capital Campaigns and Foundations
Today librarians are receiving increased pressure to obtain “private” support for library services. Not sure about where to start to obtain outside support? Need some advice about how best to mount a successful fundraising effort. LDS can help you identify your message and create a compelling case for your fundraising effort. We can provide assistance on identifying prospects, building a successful campaign committee, planning campaign events, conducting a capital feasibility study and establishing a 501(c)3 library foundation.

GOTV - Vote YES - Advocacy
Your Friends and Trustees are your best advocates but they may not always feel comfortable with this task. LDS can asisst you and them to build a group of community advocates who can advance the library’s message, speak out effectively before community groups and funders and assist you in obtaining more support for the library. This is critical for building referendums.


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