Independent Library Consultant

Stephanie has valuable experience and proven results in measuring impact, assessing training needs, evaluation of library programs and services, and promoting library advocacy.

Experienced Library Consultant:

Expert Trainer

Professional Evaluator

Skilled Project Manager

Library and Nonprofit Advisor

Advocacy Specialist

Inspiring Keynote Speaker

Grants Guru

Advocacy and Partnerships Specialist

Skilled Communicator

Published Author and Editor

Strategic Planner

Collaborative Impact Practioner


Stephanie provides online training, in-person workshops, and professional development and evaluation consultations for clients around the world. Recent projects include project management for the IMLS/Gates grant funded Continuing Education Connector project led by the Chief Officers of State Libraries (COSLA), evaluation of the Infopeople Eureka! Leadership program, training needs assessments for state and national organizations, online training for the Public Library Association's national advocacy project, Turning the Page 2.0, consulting and training with TechSoup, PLA, and the Urban Libraries Council on the technology benchmarking Edge Initiative. Stephanie leads month long online courses through Infopeople, PLA, and other library organizations, including topics based on her books, The Accidental Library Technology Trainer, and Winning Grants. She is a board member for ALA's Learning Round Table, and supports the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries as an Advisor, grant reviewer, and member of the Collaborative Impact Initiative. She lives in beautiful Seattle, WA with her husband and energetic eight-year-old daughter.

Contact Stephanie for training, writing, or consulting opportunities at sgerding @ mindspring.com. Her most popular training topics are: winning grants, technology training, presentation techniques, and library advocacy. Read about her current and upcoming projects and presentations.

Stephanie is an author of three books:
She has published over 30 articles and co-authors the Library Grants Blog, which lists grant announcements for libraries.

Experience

Having done a variety of training during her library career for all types of libraries and nonprofits, Stephanie has presented at national conferences and conducted training across the world. She has trained librarians, systems administrators, homeless children, university students and faculty, teachers in rural South Africa, and senior citizens. Her online training reaches international audiences, including Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and Australia. 

Formerly a trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Library Program, Stephanie worked with many public libraries, either traveling to their site or conducting week-long train-the-trainer programs. She is a certified trainer for the Public Library Association in strategic planning, facilitation, staffing, and advocacy.


Stephanie has managed statewide library training programs at New Mexico and Arizona State Libraries, including administration of numerous Technology Institutes, Library Institutes, and customized on-site training programs for public libraries. She designed outcome-based needs assessment and evaluation, core competencies, and training plans including coordinating and marketing over 100 continuing education events a year. She designed and implemented training initiatives such as Advocacy for Rural Libraries, Train-the-Trainer, Grants and Fundraising, and a Basic Library Skills Institute for frontline staff (under the IMLS Outcome Based Evaluation Task Force on Library Continuing Education). She has facilitated annual Leadership Institutes in three states and conducted grants workshops around the country.

Stephanie managed a corporate library as a systems administrator; worked for SIRSI as a traveling trainer; worked as a library cataloger; and taught web-based distance education technology courses on information literacy and online learning for advanced degree university students.
 

Education

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in technical writing, and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Corporate Information from the University of Tennessee.