Library buildings and space planning
Planning and evaluating library services, including performance measures
Library administration
Continuing education, including evaluation and planning


University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), B.A. in English (summa cum laude), 1976.
University of Illinois (Urbana, IL), M.S. in Library Science, 1977.
University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), Certificate of Professional Development Program in Library Management (1990).


President, Library Planning Associates, Inc. (Madison, WI), 7/84 to date.
  • Consult with local libraries regarding long-range service planning, space needs, and library facilities design.
  • Worked with over 125 libraries of all types in more than 20 states and abroad.
Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University (River Forest, IL), 6/96 to date.
  • Teach the graduate degree course LS779 / Planning and Equipping Libraries.
Instructor, University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), 10/85 to date.
  • Teach two-day seminar on library space planning as part of the curriculum in the Certificate of Professional Development in Library Management program.
Library Consultant / Buildings and Planning, Wisconsin Division for Library Services, 10/84 to 7/97.
  • Advised librarians, trustees, and government officials regarding public library buildings, assessment and evaluation of library service, performance / output measures, and strategic planning as the recognized state expert in these areas.
  • Administered $4.16 million in federal grant funding in support of $31.36 million in local library construction between 1985 and 1995.
  • Produced Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline and the revision of The Wisconsin Library Building Project Handbook.
  • Planned and produced continuing education activities regarding general library planning and library facilities design.
  • Served as lead staff liaison to the Division’s Task Force on Public Library Standards; served as a staff liaison to the Division’s Task Force on Public Library Legislation and Funding.
Administrative Librarian, Roselle Public Library District (Roselle, IL), 4/79 to 10/84.
  • was responsible for all facets of library development and programming.
  • coordinated successful building referendum and administered $2.5 million construction project.
Shared Staffing Reference Librarian, Poplar Creek Library District (Streamwood, IL) and the Roselle Public Library District (Roselle, IL), 7/77 to 4/79.
  • Administered and coordinated reference services between the libraries.

Selected Publications

“An Alternative to Library Building Standards. Illinois Libraries, November, 1985. Reprinted in LSCA Builds Michigan Libraries (Lansing: Michigan State Library, 1987).

“Planning Expanded Facilities: Issues for Small Public Libraries.” Library Administration and Management, June, 1987. “Library Buildings” (issue editor). Library Trends, Fall, 1987.

“The Forgiving Building Revisited: The Impact of CD-ROM and Library Automation Projects on Library Facilities.” In Proceedings of the 11th Annual Essen International Library Symposium. Essen, W.Germany: Essen University Library, 1989.

Wisconsin Library Building Project Handbook. 2nd rev. ed. Madison: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 1990.

Planning the Small Library Facility. Chicago: ALA, 1996 (Small Libraries Publications Series).

Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline / 1998. Madison: Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction, 1998. (

Selected Workshops & Presentations

“Library Space Needs: An Introduction to Planning.” Lincoln Trail Libraries System (Champaign, IL), September 19, 1987.

“The Forgiving Building Revisited: The Impact of CD-ROM and Library Automation Projects on Library Facilities.” 11th International Essen Library Symposium (Essen, West Germany), September 27, 1988.

“Library Space Planning and Facility Design to Support a High-Tech Future.” Amerika Haus/Deutsche Bibliotheks Konferenz (West Berlin, Germany), October 3, 1988; Amerika Haus/Deutsche Bibliotheks Konferenz (Hannover, West Germany), October 6, 1988.

“How to Build a Library: A Primer for Librarians and Trustees.” Public Library Association preconference (Portland, OR), March 26-27, 1996.

“In the Beginning: Getting a Building Project Started.” Tennessee Library Association preconference (Nashville, TN), April 6, 2005.

Selected Association Activities (current appointments)

American Library Association member since 1977
ALA Publishing Committee, 2004 to 2006 (Chair, 2004 to 2005)
LAMA Director’s Board, 1991 to 1993 (Member-at-Large)
LAMA Small Libraries Publications Series Committee, 1996 to 2000 (Chair, 1996 to 1999)
LAMA Building and Equipment Section Executive Committee, 1982 to 1984 and 1986 to 1989 (Chair, 1987 to 1988)
LAMA BES Standards for Physical Space Requirements for Libraries Committee, 1986 to 1990
LAMA BES Library Building Awards Committee, 1989 to 1993 (Chair, 1992 to 1993)
LAMA BES Architecture for Public Libraries Committee, 1980 to 1984 and 1993 to 1995
International Federation of Library Associations, 2001 to date
Building and Equipment Section, 2001 to date

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, 1976
Illinois State Library Scholarship, 1976
Shapiro Award (University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science), 1977
Beta Phi Mu, 1977
Academic Specialist Grant (U.S. Information Agency), for study tour of library buildings in West Germany, 1988
Juror, San Antonio Public Library Central Library Design Competition, 1991
LAMA Certificate of Recognition, 1994
Juror, AIA / ALA Library Building Awards, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001