For immediate release | May 31, 2011

Consultants give back: free 30-minute sessions in New Orleans

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are teaming up to offer “Consultants Give Back” at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference—an opportunity for libraries to receive free 30-minute consultation sessions from professional library consultants.

This event is in its second year and features consultants with expertise in a wide variety of topics, such as RFID, marketing and communications, executive searches, buildings and facilities, strategic planning and library trends, among many others. Appointments will be available 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. CDT Sunday, June 26 in the Magnolia room at the Hilton Riverside, Two Poydras Street, New Orleans. Many consultants are also available by appointment at other times and locations throughout the conference. Those interested in booking a session should contact the consultant of their choice no later than Monday, June 20. To view a list of participating consultants, visit the Independent Consultants’ Exchange Section (ILEX) of the ASCLA website. This list will be updated leading up to the conference.

Questions about the consultation sessions should be directed to Paula Singer at (410) 561-7561 or, or Nancy Bolt at

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconference and other ASCLA events? Learn more at

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. For more information, visit


Elizabeth Markel