Stephanie Gerding brings a wealth of experience and proven results in library grant work, impact measurement, training needs assessment, program evaluation, and library advocacy.
Stephanie supports libraries and nonprofits by providing online training, professional development, and evaluation and needs assessments for clients around the world through her consultancy business. Recent projects include grant evaluations, webinars, and teaching grant writing for the University of Washington's Information School and San Jose State University's Information School. She is a certified parent coach through the Jai Institute for Parenting. Stephanie hosts online classes and webinars on grant writing, sharing learning, and other topics at https://4libraries.thinkific.com.
Former projects include sole creation and facilitation of the Public Library Association's strategic planning initiative, Dynamic Planning Institute (focused on small libraries), instructor for Infopeople's online courses including Building a Culture of Learning initiative, Getting Started with Community Needs Assessments, Library Grants 101 (annually), and trainer for PLA's Project Outcome. She was a founding project manager for the Continuing Education Connector project for the Chief Officers of State Libraries (COSLA), evaluator of the Infopeople Leadership program, managed training needs assessments for state and national organizations, conducted online training for the Public Library Association's national advocacy project, Turning the Page 2.0, and consulted and trained for TechSoup, PLA, and the Urban Libraries Council. For seven years she has been a finalist judge for the WILLA Literary Award.
Stephanie has written four books including the ALA Editions best selling Winning Grants, Second Edition: a How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, and The Accidental Library Technology Trainer. A new edition of Winning Grants will be published in 2024. She has published over 40 articles and authors the Library Grants Blog, which lists grant announcements for libraries. She is a former Executive Director for the Act of Giving Foundation and lives in beautiful Seattle, WA with her husband and dynamic sixteen-year-old daughter.
Contact Stephanie for training, writing, or consulting opportunities at stephaniegerding@ gmail.com. Her most popular training topics are library grants, sharing learning, strategic planning for small libraries, presentation techniques, library advocacy, and needs assessments.
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Library and Nonprofit Advisor
Advocacy and Partnerships Specialist
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