Is Consulting For You?

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Libraries choose to hire consultants for a variety of reasons, from filling in the gaps when they need expertise or personnel to bringing their services and programs to the next level.

Librarians and information professionals possess a unique mix of skills that are well suited to consulting. Expert author Ulla de Stricker builds on this skill set to present a range of consulting activities from highly specialized, focused activities to broad, strategic efforts. Providing a ...

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Overview

Libraries choose to hire consultants for a variety of reasons, from filling in the gaps when they need expertise or personnel to bringing their services and programs to the next level.

Librarians and information professionals possess a unique mix of skills that are well suited to consulting. Expert author Ulla de Stricker builds on this skill set to present a range of consulting activities from highly specialized, focused activities to broad, strategic efforts. Providing a from-the-trenches perspective of the many consulting opportunities available both within and outside the library setting, this guide will help you Identify the pros and cons of consulting, Partner with professionals to maximize your business, Develop effective business and marketing plans, Learn to negotiate using the contract and proposal primer, Set up shop and thrive as a consultant.

If you've ever considered becoming a consultant, this book will help you determine whether it's right for you and give you the tools to succeed. Seasoned consultants, library directors and trainers, and companies working with libraries will also gain inspiration from the wealth of ideas offered here.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

"I think when I retire, I'll be a consultant. They make lots of money, set their own hours, take on projects they really want to do...." If such thoughts cross your mind, then this very general introduction by the president of a Canadian consulting firm specializing in strategies for information and library management in the public and private sectors may be just what you need. The author's brief guide is divided into two parts, with numerous tips blocked out throughout nine chapters. Part one focuses on whether consulting is right for you, while part two is for those readers who are determined to proceed with this career. Though the price seems a bit high for 90 pages of text plus preface, postscript, and index, the book does provide additional resources and may serve as a good jumping-off place for librarians longing to go out on their own and launch their own information management business.-B. Susan Brown, formerly with Pamunkey Regional Lib., Hanover, VA

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909478
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     v
Acknowledgments     ix
Considerations for Prospective Consultants
What Is Consulting, Exactly?     3
The Outlook: Is Consulting a Viable Option for Librarians? Is the Library Market Viable for Other Types of Consultants?     11
The Realities of Life as a Consultant     24
Personal Characteristics: Is Consulting a Good Fit?     32
Getting Established and Getting Down to Business
Business Planning: Is There a Market-and a Living-for Me?     47
Getting Ready: The Building Blocks     53
Getting Out There: Marketing a Personal Brand     63
Proposals and Contracts: Documenting the Business Relationship     69
So Tell Me: What's It Really Like?     81
Postscript: Go for It-with Passion!     95
Index     97
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