Freelancers, Speakers, and Consultants

In yesterday’s Real Time session with Matt Finch the topics of freelancers and consultants came up. In times of crisis and economic downturn we worry about our paid staff. However, the library ecosystem also relies on experts such as consultants and freelancers to move our libraries forward.

These folks can be helpful in professional development, strategic planning, human resource issues, technology projects, and much more.

As a small effort to highlight the work of these folks librarian.SUPPORT is putting together a page listing freelancers, speakers, and consultants available to help libraries both during the pandemic and after.

If you are a consultant that wants to be listed, please fill out the form here or at

As we get entries we will be listing them on the same page. So library community please check it out often.

Please note that a listing is not an endorsement.

Consultants, Freelancers, and Speakers

We're looking to put together a list of folks available to help libraries during and after the pandemic.
  • Please enter the best ways to get in touch.
  • Please include key words and phrases that describe your service
  • Please add comments and other testimonials from current or past clients.

Library Channel of Finland offers resources to Librarians.Support

Library Channel provides materials for librarians’ professional development through its streaming service and recorded videos of presentations from library conferences and other professional events. In addition, you will find videos and radio programs about books, writers, libraries and their services, and library documents.

You can share and embed our videos to different sites or blogs and show them in an event or as a part of a lesson in Finland or abroad. The videos don’t have a limited release time, you are able to watch and listen to them without any limitations. All materials produced by Library Channel are licensed with a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA).

Library Channel (Kirjastokaista) is a Finnish national library service and a part of, which is a gateway to all library services in Finland.

Direct link to professional development materials:

Direct link to library documents:

A Question on Book Handling

Greetings all, in the vein or “we’re making this up as we go” our partner PL203 received a question from someone looking for other libraries experience. So, if you have any replies or insight to the following question, please use the comments below. We’ll bundle up the answers and send the info onward. Also, if you have questions, we’d be happy to post them as well.

We haven’t been able to get any clear guidance on the risks of handling library books. So most libraries are now working with 72 hours quarantine. Although all libraries have closed, some are still delivering Home Library Services or other book loan schemes. What are other libraries across Europe doing?

Real Time After Hours

We scheduled the Real Time sessions to maximize US and EU participation. However, several folks have asked about doing something for our colleagues in the Eastern Hemisphere. One idea would be to have an “After Hours” online hangout where anyone can come and chat and share. If you might be interested, please fill out the form below.

librarian.SUPPORT After Hours

Looking for interest in doing an informal chat/gathering of librarians to talk about this week's Real Time sessions and, well, librarianship. Let us know what you think.
    Would you be interested in a weekly chat with David Lankes, yourself, and other folks about librarianship and this weeks Real Time Guests?
    The goal is to support folks in Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. All time are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
    Do any days work better than others?
    Where are you geographically?
  • Please share other thoughts, or ideas on guests.

Selina Sharmin on Reaching Immigrant Populations

The makeup of our communities is changing. Immigrants continue to come to New York and other cities to find a better life, but suburbs and even rural areas have become destinations as well. Libraries, being the most democratic of our institutions, have always tried to meet the needs of the entire community. Many immigrants, however, come from countries without a public library tradition. The challenge is to understand their needs and find ways to make them aware of what an American public library can offer, as more and more libraries are becoming community centers.

This presentation will focus on outreach to attract newcomers to the library. We’ll look at different means of promotion that have proven effective at Queens Public Library by focusing on the customer. There will be a brief overview of Queens’ immigrant population, which is the most ethnically diverse in the country, and highlight our outreach to specific ethnic communities.

At New Americans Program we keep in mind two goals: 1) assisting immigrants to adjust to life in the US and 2) celebrating the many cultures around us and providing an opportunity for sharing them with the community-at-large.

Part of the Augusta Baker Lecture effort and the course SLIS 752 – Diversity in Libraries.