PLS Library Consultations
PLS is available to offer library staff support through project assistance, continuing education, technology aid, outreach, and general library development. Our services are flexible and adaptable to any library challenge. Below are a few consultations that we offer.
Developing a Long Range/Strategic Plan is a requirement to meet New York State Minimum Standards as well as a way to provide a clear and actionable vision of your library’s future. To help in the planning process, we are available to assist in conducting focus groups, providing community information, organizing goals and objectives, developing mission and value statements, and structuring the final plan. Click here for more information.
To keep your library running at full capacity you need to invest in your largest asset, staff. We are prepared to offer continuing education on topics including: Collection development, survey development, customer service, change management, running effective meetings, effective online communication, and general best practices. We are open to developing specific continuing education materials upon request.
Technology is evolving at an incredible rate and we’re here to help you adapt, adopt, and optimize your digital resources through on-site support and training. This includes technology purchasing, training staff on Evergreen, and recommending upgrades and enhancements to your current technology structure.
Traditionally, libraries have focused on internal organization systems for classifying and categorizing their materials and services. However, with the changing view of library users as community partners and the increased competition facing non-profits everywhere it’s time to start designing services focused on providing a positive experience for the user. To help libraries attain this goal, we are offering consultations to aid in user research (focus groups, surveys, one-on-one interviews), communication audits, website evaluations, service point evaluation, and user-focused web design.
Library Resource Links
Below are links pertinent to library directors and staff that provide information regarding to library development, complying with standards/codes/laws, create library districts, and helping new library directors.
- Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State
- Division of Library Development
- Division of Library Development PLS Maps
- Library Laws and Regulations in New York State
- Creating Public Library Districts in New York State: A “How-To” Guide
- Helpful Information for Meeting Minimum Public Library Standards
- Committee on Open Government, NYS Department of State
- Local Government Management Guides, Office of the State Comptroller
- New York Libraries Trustees Online (NYLTO)
- Rochester Regional Library Council