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About Ruth

I am a management consultant, coach, and author. With the benefit of more than 30 years as a library manager I established Ruth Metz Associates in 2003. The purpose of my work is to help clients as they establish, manage, and develop their organizations. My client base includes libraries, government, and non-profit organizations. For the details of my career experience, please send me an email to request my resume.

As a consultant, I do feasibility and options studies for local governments and citizens who are considering establishing a library or who want to weigh various library service delivery options. These studies have included plans of service, staffing plans, and budgets. I work with library facility planners and architects to develop service programs and service plans and budgets for new and renovated library facilities in the planning stages.

My consulting clients include those who need help assessing governance, operations, staffing, services, and programs. I facilitate strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation. My consulting clients are organizations at the local, regional, state, and national levels. I consult on a range of management issues, trouble-shooting problems and facilitating resolution.

As a coach, I work both with individuals (personal, confidential coaching) and organizations (business coaching). My coaching clients come from all walks of life. I coach individuals on a variety of career and life issues. In “business” coaching, I help clients assess organizational performance and facilitate the development of more effective organizations. I help clients build their organization’s capacity to nimbly adapt to an ever-changing, ever more complex environment. This includes the ability to effectively design service, staffing, and operational models for 21st century libraries.

As an author, I advocate for strong, healthy, and durable organizations. Such organizations are at the heart of providing the best possible service and cultivating enduring community support. My books and articles on coaching make the case for such organizations and provide practical examples and tools. I present seminars and work sessions on the benefits of coaching in the organization. I speak to boards, leadership teams, and staff on the subject. I help organizations develop cultures of coaching by training coaches to coach and mentors to mentor..