Sharing Your Expertise Through Consulting: CORE Library Consulting Interest Group

Have you considered the idea of consulting when you retire? Or while you are working a fulltime job? Or as your fulltime job? Although the work is intriguing, there are other pieces to put in place before you start promoting yourself. What are the details? What can you be doing now that will help you become a respected consultant when you are ready? Bring your questions as practicing library consultants explain how to get started, how to manage clients and projects, and what to expect. Q&A will be encouraged.

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Oct 09 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm




  • Alexander Cohen
    Alexander Cohen
    Consultant, Aaron Cohen Associates

    Alexander Cohen is a library consultant with over 15 years experience developing libraries – space, service and technology for the 21st century. He has worked internationally on libraries to further the cultural knowledge and educational strategies of his clients.

  • Christine Peterson
    Christine Peterson
    Engagement & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Amigos

    Christine Peterson has been involved in both technology and libraries throughout her career. Currently, she serves as the SimplyE Manager for Amigos Library Services.

    She has served on the Executive Board of the Library & Information Technology Association, the SimplyE Advisory Council, the Texas Library Association’s Innovation & Technology Round Table’s Executive Board, the Charlotte Initiative, the NISO FASTEN standard, and the Texas Z39.50 standard working group.

    Previously, Christine worked for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, teaching and consulting in the many areas of library technology. She has also worked for multiple academic libraries, moving them from card catalogs to integrated library systems, and from CD-ROM databases to online.

  • Michelle Frisque
    Michelle Frisque
    Lead Consultant, Michelle Frisque Consulting Group, LLC

    Michelle Frisque is a technology leader known for visionary thinking, innovation, design thinking and executing transformative organizational change with a human touch. She is nationally respected in academic and public libraries. She speaks and teaches internationally on public library issues. She is currently the founder and lead consultant of Michelle Frisque Consulting Group, LLC.

    Michelle previously served as the Chief of Technology, Content and Innovation at Chicago Public Library and Head of Information Systems at the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University.

    Michelle is a former President of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a former division of the American Library Association.

    Michelle has a masters of learning and organization change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and a masters of library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Nikhat Jehan Ghouse
    Nikhat Jehan Ghouse
    Associate Librarian for The Social Sciences and Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program, American University

    Nikhat Jehan Ghouse (pronounced NICK-khath Juh-haa Goss) is the Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences and Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University (AU). Nikhat is also an Organization Development (OD) Consultant and Facilitator with Jehan Consulting. She works with organizations, including public and academic libraries, state, regional and national associations. As an OD Consultant, Nikhat specializes in organization design, leadership development, strategic planning, change management, culture change, team building, coaching, mentoring, residency programs, and EDI. Nikhat received her Master of Science in Organization Development from AU, her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and her BA in History from Cleveland State University. Nikhat has over 20 years of professional experience working in libraries and five years of experience consulting in organization development.