ASGCLA Consulting Preconference at ALA Annual Conference

Every month more and more librarians are retiring. While they are retiring from their “job”, they are not retiring from the library community, they still want to be engaged in librarianship and work with librarians and consulting offers this opportunity.

Assembling a Consultant Toolkit: What you Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant

Friday, June 21, 2019- 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Learn from seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff as they present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide participants through a self-assessment. This full day workshop is designed to prepare participants to begin-or advance- a successful consulting career. Participants will work together in an active and engaging format to explore the different roles that consultants play: as well as be able to explain how their own skills and experience might align with consulting opportunities and develop strategies related to started and managing a consultant business, marketing their services, and finding clients. This workshop will help the current and prospective library consultant create a business that is sustainable and most of all useful to the profession.

This Pre-conference will appeal to librarians from all realms: School, Public, Academic, and Special, with varying degrees of experience.  From retired directors to active librarians working in every aspect of librarianship. This workshop will appeal to new consultants, retirees, working librarians approaching retirement, and consultants that want to revitalize their consulting career. This Pre-conference is sponsored by the Library Consultants Interest Group of ASGCLA.

The dynamic speakers are: Nancy Bolt,  a library consultant for more than 20 years, providing strategic planning, meeting facilitation and organizational development services to libraries of all types and library consortia. Nancy was the Colorado State Librarians until 2005 and has worked in public libraries. Bolt was the ASCLA President, has served on ALA Council and the ALA Board. Nancy is one of the creators of this workshop and has offered it 5 times; Liz Bishoff, a library consultant since 1997, focusing on assisting libraries and cultural heritage organizations in developing their digital programs. Bishoff also assists with program evaluation, strategic planning and meeting facilitation. Bishoff has extensive experience working in public and academic libraries, as well as more than a decade working at OCLC with her last position as Vice President of Digital and Preservation Services. Bishoff has served as ALCTS President, a member of ALA Council, ALA Board and ALA Treasurer. Liz has co-presented this workshop with Nancy 4 times

Add this preconference when you register for the ALA Annual Conference  If you have already registered, use the dashboard link on your registration confirmation to add the preconference.

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