Consulting



NEO-RLS ASSISTS LIBRARIES IN TURNING THEIR VISION INTO REALITY
We offer a variety of consulting services to help you meet challenges, save time and energize your staff and community. In a time of rapid change and limited resources, NEO-RLS delivers long-term and short-term consulting services efficiently and affordably. For more information on any of our services or for references, please contact Betsy Lantz, Executive Director, at betsy.lantz@neo-rls.org.

Gold Members receive 4 FREE hours of consulting each year beginning July 1, 2017. These hours may be used in any manner.



Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is a critical activity in the success of many organizations enabling them to focus on a common set of significant issues and yielding a powerful and shared sense of the future. NEO-RLS offers two customizable Strategic Planning Tracks to fit your needs. We will help you get the process started, keep it on track by guiding your Board, stakeholders and staff in defining long-term goals and objectives and by providing a framework for action. Click here for detailed information on process, costs, and a list of libraries that have used NEO-RLS for Strategic Planning.

Staff Day Planning
Great libraries are only as great as their staff and a skilled, highly motivated staff is only possible through continuous development and team-building. NEO-RLS offers Staff Day planning for a single library, for multiple libraries or for all of the libraries in a county or specified area. We can assist in finding speakers, a venue or put the entire day together. Let us help you invest in your staff by taking the worry and stress out of Staff Day. Click here for detailed information on our services, costs, and a list of libraries that have used NEO-RLS for Staff Day Planning.

Board Development
Trustees are at the heart of a library’s relationship with its community. They should be your library’s best advocates and your most informed stewards of growth and success. NEO-RLS offers effective and efficient Board Development training to help you create an environment of trustee professionalism. Click here for detailed information on training topics, costs and a list of libraries that have used NEO-RLS for Board Development.

Visual Identity Assessment
Your library depends upon its communication with the community to convey information, create engagement and foster a lifelong relationship.  Creating and maintaining a consistent digital and print visual message can be difficult when reponsibilities and tasks are spread among departments or individuals.  NEO-RLS can help ensure that your graphic message is consistent by providing a comprehensive assessment of your library's print and digital communiciation, and making recommendations as needed to strengthen and unify your visual messaging.  Click here for detailed information.  

In addition, NEO-RLS staff can help with the following:
  • Emerging Technology
    • Facilitate acquisition, implementation and management of emerging technologies and makerspaces
    • Provide emerging technology training for staff and patrons
  • Grant Review
    • Review grant proposals in order to save you time and provide the feedback needed to increase funding success
  • Leadership Coaching
    • Assess skills and provide practical methods to improve leadership ability for library professionals at any level
  • Fiscal Officer Training
    • Provide individualized training for new Fiscal Officers 
  • Tailor-Made Training
    • Develop training plans to meet your library’s specific needs
  • Team Building
    • Facilitate inter-departmental cooperation with practical exercises designed to build trust, communication and effectiveness