The Library Consultants Directory is provided as a free service to the library community in the United States (with occasional RFP opportunities shared from Canada). There is no charge to use the site to search for a consultant or to post an RFP or other inquiry for a consultant.
The Directory was originally created around 2009 by Denise Shockley and Robert Burgin after a discussion of library consultants facilitated by Sandra Nelson identified a need for a simple, online listing of consultant options for libraries and a way to make consultants aware of opportunities. The site continues with that same spirit of connecting libraries and consultants today.
The office of Carson Block Consulting hosts and maintains this site. The consultants listed in this directory contribute a nominal fee to cover website design and maintenance. Billing for consultants is annual (Dec – Nov) with pro-rated billing provided for consultants joining the site outside of the billing cycle. When RFPs or inquiries are shared by libraries or other sources, notices are posted on this website and sent via email to the consultants listed on the site. An assistant working independently handles postings, inquiries, website maintenance, and updates independently to the work of Carson Block Consulting. Carson Block receives information about job opportunities at the same time and in the same manner as other listed consultants and is careful to avoid any possible unfair advantage that could possibly result from his office hosting the site.
Each consultant listed is an independent entity and is not affiliated with Carson Block Consulting. A listing on this site does not constitute an endorsement or any guarantee of the work, quality of work, the performance of the listed consultant, or any other aspect of a working or other relationship between a consultant and a client. All such matters are between the consultant and the client.
Libraries or other entities seeking consultants are not affiliated with Carson Block Consulting. The sharing of RFPs, RFI’s or other requests from potential clients for consulting assistance does not constitute an endorsement or any guarantee of the work, the performance of the potential client, or any other aspect of a working or other relationship between a client and consultant. All such matters are between the client and the consultant.
Consultants may be interested in the American Library Association’s Core Library Consulting Interest Group. The group “Supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange, and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.”
Thank you for your interest, and we hope this site is useful to you!