Cynthia Orr Consulting
30080 Robert Street, Wickliffe, OH 44092,  (440) 840-0263,

In the post-Google public library, the focus of adult services has shifted from reference service to an emphasis on helping readers find good books, delivering them to the shelves at the height of their popularity, and merchandising them attractively for browsers...if they actually are on shelves at all. More than 90% of public libraries in the US offer eBooks.

Success in making this shift is difficult, since readers' advisory service is not taught in most library schools, and the traditional approach to selection, acquisitions, cataloging, processing and delivery is no longer adequate in the impatient society in which we compete.

Cindy Orr has over thirty years of experience in public libraries of various sizes, including two of the nation's largest urban and suburban libraries. She has served as the Chair of the Public Library Association's Collection Management Committee, as a member of the PLA Readers' Advisory Committee, and is currently Chair of ALA's RUSA CODES Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Committee. She has presented at many local, state and national conferences. She is also a winner of RUSA's Margaret E.Monroe Award for service to adults. 

Cindy consults, teaches Readers' Advisory Service at the Kent State University School of Library Science, has written two books for Libraries Unlimited, edits the Reader's Advisor Online blog, and mentors the Collection Development Librarians at OverDrive.

 Consulting Specialties:

*Readers' Advisory Service
*Collection Development
*Technical Services Best Practices
*Digital Media
*Merchandising and Displays
*Just in Time Delivery of Books
*Increasing Circulation
*Library Space Utilization

Selected Clients/Venues:

  • Black Gold Cooperative Library System, CA
  • Ocean State Libraries, RI
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • PLA
  • Albany Public Library
  • Eastern Oklahoma District Library System
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • OverDrive
  • SOLO
  • MOLO
  • Ohio Library Council
  • OVAL
  • California Library Assoc
  • Libraries Unlimited
  • Geauga County Public Library
  • Lorain Public Library
  • Onondaga County Public Library

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