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Consulting and Training Services: Consulting

Welcome to Consulting and Training Services at the Massachusetts Library System. On this page, you'll find info about our staff, our services, and links to guides about classes, topics, and services we offer.

MLS Consulting Services

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to offer a variety of consulting services at no cost to our members.  Frequently requested consulting services include support in the following areas:

  • Collection analysis
  • Diversity audit
  • Policy creating and updating
  • Space planning
  • Staff development planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Weeding

We are currently in the process of developing a detailed catalog of consulting services to help our members better understand the services we provide.

If you have other consulting needs, please contact your library's MLS Liaison, who can talk with you about MLS's consulting services.

External Consultant Directory

In addition to the consulting services that MLS provides, we maintain an External Consultant Directory and a list of other consultant directories where you can find external consultants who provide a variety of services of interest to libraries.  A few things to note:

  • This information is provided as a resources for libraries in need of consulting services that go beyond the services that Massachusetts Library System (MLS) staff provide. 
  • The information in the External Consultant Directory and the other links consultant directories is provided by the external consultants and is not independently checked or verified by MLS.
  • MLS does not endorse, recommend, or provide opinions about any individuals or organizations in these directories. 
  • We suggest that you contact several external consultants and review their credentials, qualifications, and references to find the best fit for you.
  • You are not required to use a consultant from these directory, may seek referrals elsewhere, and may use any consultant with whom you are comfortable whether in one of these directories or not.

To view our External Consultant Directory, please check out the links in the box to the right.  If you encounter any issues opening the directory, try opening it in an Incognito/Private window or fill out the form to have a copy emailed to you.

Contact external consultants directly for information about their rates and fees.

If you are aware of another library related consultant directory that you would like to see added to our list, please let us know.

Other Consultant Directories