About Us

Library Strategies is an innovative venture, created in 2006 in response to requests from libraries and library support organizations across the country. The Friends created Library Strategies to share their knowledge, and also to learn from other libraries and library organizations, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the strength of libraries in an ever-changing world.

Library Strategies recruits the best and brightest library leaders and experts to work with our clients. Our consultants, comprised of library directors, foundation directors, marketing consultants and other specialists, know about the day-to-day workings and challenges of the library world. We work on projects of all sizes, from large, international initiatives – helping Romanian libraries create advocacy programs and develop Friends groups – to small projects – creating a library foundation in rural Kansas.

Library Strategies offers a broad range of services, including planning, fundraising, capacity building, and program management. We always take the time to get to know our clients and their unique needs. We follow up after their projects are completed to ensure they are successful in meeting their goals.

Working together, our consultants continuously develop new models and tools to deliver results that are realistic, actionable, and cost-effective. In these exciting and sometimes uncertain times, we are steadfast in our mission to strengthen communities, one library at a time.

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The Library Strategies Team

  • Stu Wilson
    Stu Wilson Director
  • Karen Rose
    Karen Rose Principal Consultant
  • Sue Hall
    Sue Hall Consultant
  • David Katz
    David Katz Project Manager & Consultant
  • Slade Kemmet
    Slade Kemmet Marketing Manager & Consultant
  • Amy Zimmer
    Amy Zimmer Financial Analyst

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • "I am very grateful to Library Strategies for connecting us with a pair of consultants who spent time understanding our organization and giving us solid advice for moving forward. My experience with Library Strategies was outstanding. "

    Carla Powers Duluth Public Library
  • "They know the issues and trends facing libraries and friends/foundation, and they have 'been there, done that'."

    Jennifer Bingaman Grosse Pointe Library Foundation
  • "Bringing in Library Strategies helped us overcome some barriers that were in place in the past and set us on the right path towards the future."

    Brian Shepard Indian Trails Library
  • "I would recommend Library Strategies without hesitation. I think they're the best there is. Sue and Peter are top-notch professionals. They listened to us carefully and really understood where we are and where we need to be."

    Maria Criscione Stel Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library
  • "It was so valuable to have an outsider come in and look at our facilities; what changes are needed; recommendations for those changes; why those changes need to be made. It really opened our eyes."

    Anna Grace Wadsworth Library
  • "It's one thing to get expert advice, which Library Strategies certainly provides, but it's even more gratifying to feel that we've enlisted a partner who is as interested in the mission of assuring library services as we are.  It's remarkable that we're not only getting some very, very valuable 'how-to' guidance, but we are getting inspiration, too."

    Jim Dale Smith Fairhope Public Library Foundation
  • "I would recommend them the Rapid Results planning process, we really liked how streamlined it was, our board was especially pleased. It was really good to have this process, previous plans had been too library-centric, it is nice to have a plan that really focuses on the community."

    Charles Pace Gwinnett County Public Library
  • "I would recommend Library Strategies to any library considering starting a Foundation or to any library wanting to take their existing Foundation to a level of more community impact."

    Tena Wilson Stark County District Library
  • "Library Strategies was wonderful! Area librarians who participated in developing some of our past plans tell me this year’s planning process was better by far. I know this is due to Library Strategies’ guidance throughout the process."

    Shelly Grace SAMMIE Library System
  • "I would highly recommend Library Strategies, even to smaller library organizations who may feel like they don’t have the money for this type of consultant. What we paid vs. what we got out of it, made it not only a reasonable expense, it moved us forward in ways that would have been difficult and taken more time if we hadn’t used their services."

    Michele Leininger Marshall-Lyon County Library
  • "I would definitely recommend Library Strategies to other library organizations. The strategic planning process with them was inclusive and enjoyable for the staff, board, and our members."

    Tessa Killian SENYLRC

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