For more detailed information on my background and experience, please see my resume.
I am a 32-year Ohio public library veteran, with experience in everything from direct customer service to management and administration. Now an active library planner, speaker, consultant, and trainer, I am also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011), Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013), and Renew Yourself! A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, 2017). I’m privileged to serve as an adjunct instructor for Kent State (OH) University’s School of Library and Information Science, for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA), for InfoPeople and more. I’m the author of the Demco blog, “Library Advice: That’s a Great Question!” and I also the own Libraries Thrive Consulting. I frequently keynote and present at conferences, facilitate workshops, connect Boards and Directors, design and runs leadership academies around the country, and help libraries develop truly 21st-century strategic plans. My passion is for supporting, coaching, and developing great libraries, successful team members, and – especially – strong and effective library leaders.
Lots of libraries have found “Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success” to be an affordable way to take an entire team of managers down a year-long road to development. Doing the same with “Build a Great Team: One Year to Success,” you can help staff who supervise any number of employees – at any level – to be more effective in every aspect of that important job. I’d be happy to talk to you about the book or about finding another way to help support the growth or your library staff! There’s a sampling of the types of presentations I offer listed on this web page. I look forward to serving your library soon!