It’s been a fun first year of retirement and consulting! What have I learned about establishing an LLC and providing library online training? A lot!
I retired on July 1, 2021, and started my consulting firm, Curtis Rogers Consulting, LLC, on July 2. I created my logo and website, got some business cards I designed using Canva, set up a Facebook page, and started posting more to LinkedIn. I later set up a Twitter account (which I’m still trying to get used to).
I found a wonderful support group of library consultants in the ALA CORE Library Consultant group that meets online every other month. I even served on a panel discussion to talk about what I do and what it’s like being a newbie.
I’ve learned about setting up a Quickbooks account, creating quotes, and sending invoices. It was no surprise that just about everyone I’ve worked with does things differently so my motto has become, “I’m easy to work with”. Whatever they need, I can figure it out. Then again, none of this is rocket surgery…
I finished up a six-year commitment as secretary of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference board and was invited to join the board of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.
I’m very appreciative to the organizations that have hired me to work with them this past year and also to the ones with whom I have upcoming engagements this fall. Here is a summary of my past and upcoming presentations and webinars:
ALA CORE Interest Group Week
Library Consultants IG Panel presentation – July 2021
Georgia Public Library Services
Series of four webinars in 2022
New England Library Association
Presentation on library signage – October 2021
Friends of South Carolina Libraries
Conference presentation on marketing and
webinar on Friends group resources – March & July 2022
State Library of North Carolina
Series of three webinars in the fall of 2022
Northeast Florida Library Information Network
Series of five webinars – 2021-2022
Southeast Collaborative Conference
Presentation on library signage – March 2022
Tampa Bay Library Consortium
Presentation on communications – November 2022
WebJunction – presentation titled
Library Signage: Effective Crisis Communications on January 27, 2022
If your library or non-profit organization is interested in setting up a webinar on any of the sessions I provide or if you’re interested in me working up a specific session on something you need that’s not on my list, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead in year number 2!