My concern is libraries

A local, national and global view


Jan Richards Consulting offers practical, tailored solutions to assist libraries in realising their potential. I believe in conversations and I recognise that every library and every project is different. I will work with you to get the best outcome for your community.

With an in-depth knowledge across the sector and strong professional networks, I specialise in being honest, realistic and getting the job done.

Yes, everybody loves libraries! But if we are to remain relevant, we need to be agile, adaptive, accountable and collaborative.

Jan Richards

community engagement - Jan Richards Consulting


Let’s engage with your internal and external stakeholders to undertake library reviews, develop strategic and marketing plans, evaluate organisational structures and staffing, develop policy and procedures, contemplate new initiatives and conduct community consultations and surveys.

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Together we can enhance your service offer: explore opportunities for partnerships and collaboration; creation of communication and advocacy strategies including branding and collateral; tweaking what you’re already doing to maximise the impact. Sometimes you have the skills but you just don’t have the time – researching an issue, writing a report, developing a policy. Here and happy to assist.

Strategic planning Jan Richards Consulting


Increasing the capacity and capability of your team through their involvement in any project is key to the JRC philosophy. Building skills and confidence enables them to undertake similar projects in the future – doing myself out of a job I know!  Follow up is included in all consultancies and mentoring and coaching is an option.

Global Goals Week

Global Goals Week ( 17-26 September) is a time for us all to come together to mobilise communities, demand urgency, and supercharge solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), whether it be digitally or physically. Our shared future and the achievement of the Global Goals will be determined by us working together, locally, nationallyContinue reading “Global Goals Week”

Stories That Matter

Yesterday we encouraged everyone to take some time out of their day to mark the Australian Reading Hour – it doesn’t matter if your ‘hour’ is in the morning, afternoon or evening and really ‘hour’ is only a concept, make it longer or shorter it’s about making the time to turn off the world andContinue reading “Stories That Matter”

A new chapter

The past couple of weeks has been a whirlwind of all things IFLA – the wind up of the 2019-21 term; the World Library and Information Congress; and the start of the 2021-23 term. Normally IFLA in August would signal an overseas trip to some wonderful location (think Milan, Puerto Rico, Helsinki, Lyon, Singapore, CapeContinue reading “A new chapter”


‘Just wanted to let you know that this was the most important, useful andpractical PD! Will definitely be going back to school on Monday to start thoseconversations.’ ‘Thank you Jan, your depth of experience and expertise was great to see’. Teams: the hard conversations Presented for ALIA Schools as an online workshop in March 2021,Continue reading “ALIA Schools PD participant”

ALIA Schools PD participant

‘The content reminded me of the importance of considering the implications of healthy membership statistics and the strategies to achieve them’. ‘Jan’s way of looking at membership campaigns. It was inspiring’ Members: engaging, retaining and growingA workshop series for the NSW Public Libraries Association presented during April and May 2021 with 150 participants from 57Continue reading “NSW Public Libraries Association – Membership Campaign”

NSW Public Libraries Association – Membership Campaign

I acknowledge the Nuenonne people of Bruny Island, and all the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which I work. I acknowledge all elders past and present and extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.