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  Jan Feye-Stukas (jfs@libraryconsulting.org)

Experienced library professional consultant since 1991. Former Minneapolis Public Library administrator, Minnesota State Library administrator and consultant, and current private consultant who has worked with over 100 public library jurisdictions in 18 states and internationally.  Experience includes:       

  • Facility Needs Assessments

  • Strategic Planning         

  • Community Surveys

  • Governance Studies               

  • Organizational Structure     

  • Facility Master Plans

  • Library Building Programs 

  • Focus Group Facilitation - 

  • Community Surveys

  • Staffing and Budgeting 

  • Plan Review                            

  • Space Planning

Former President of Minnesota Library Association,  Councilor  of the American Library Association, Board member  Library Administration and Management Association and Public Library Association.  Author & editor of various publications including  earlier editions of the Minnesota Public Library Trustee Handbook.   Affiliated with  Robert H. Rohlf Associates on numerous projects. Send email for full resume.

  Melissa Brechon (mjb@libraryconsulting.org)

Creative and resourceful Library Administrator with over 25 years of combined Library Board development, project management and facility planning experience. Specific experience in all aspects of library operations include:

  •  Building Program Development & Construction

  • Community Needs Assessments and Visioning

  • Library Funding identification

  • Library Foundations

  • Library Operations and Service Delivery

  • Collection Planning & Development

  • Library Board Policy Review

  • Library Budgeting

  • Strategic Planning

  • Focus Group facilitation

  • Mixed Use Library Facility Experience

Serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Friends of the College of St. Catherine Library, District 112 Beacon Council, Minnesota Library Association, Chaska Rotary and  Metropolitan Library Service Agency.



Kay K.Runge (kkrunge@libraryconsulting.org)

Kay K. Runge is a library building and funding consultant and an experienced professional  public library administrator.  She served as director of the Des Moines (IA) Public Library , Davenport  (IA) Public Libraryand the Scott County Library System (IA)  Her extensive experience in planning library facilities  include the $33 million  new Central library building in Des Moines, $6 million  renovation/additions for 4 branch libraries in Des Moines  and  $1 million renovation of a Special Collections/Genealogy  Department at the main Library and the design of  a Branch Library in Davenport. Kay served as President of the Public Library Association in 2000.   Kay has been a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa Library School and serves  on the University's Library School Advisory Board.  Her community work has  included:  Wells Fargo Bank Board, Rotary Clubs of Des Moines and Davenport,  Des Moines and Davenport Public Library Foundation Boards, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Leadership Iowa, Downtown Development Corporation Boards of Des Moines and Davenport. Other involvement  includes: Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors  and Alumni Board and Iowa State University  College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Chair of the  Iowa Public Radio Board of Directors, Chair of the Kaplan University Board of Trustees, and  elected councilor to the American Library Association.  Her expertise is in library buildings, management and fundraising.  Her email is: kkrunge@libraryconsulting.org

Barry Petit  (winpet@aol.com)

Architect.  Designed and managed 18 library projects since 1986 providing him the experience and language to work with architects, engineers and contractors.  Specific experience in all aspects of library design and construction including:

  • RFQ & RFP writing                       

  • Site Selection Analysis

  • Preliminary Site Planning                            

  • Computer graphic Imaging

  • Preliminary Estimating                        

  • Referendum Planning

  • Preliminary Code analysis                          

  • Referendum Presentation Literature 

  • Automated Material Planning                   

  • Architect Search/Selection Process

  • Architect Contract Negotiations  

  • Owner Project Representative  


Lynn Barnhouse (email lynn@barnhouseoffice.com)

Space planner and interior designer for libraries since 1984.  Lynn has provided planning and design services for more than 35 public and academic libraries in the US. She is adept at working within financial constraints and has experience with new construction, remodeling and renovation projects large and small. Lynn is a Certified Interior Designer in the state of Minnesota.

Other important areas of experience are:

    Planning and specifying automated book handling systems

    Extensive knowledge of library furniture and equipment

    Understands library operations and plans efficient workrooms, service desks and collection areas

    Involved from inception to completion with various architectural firms on library projects




John Bielinski  (jsbielinski@gmail.com)

Ph.D. statistician and evaluator with 15+ years experience conducting educational research, developing educational assessments, and evaluating programs.   Former test development director at Pearson responsible for all phases of development from concept formation through manual development and publication.  Current private consultant providing statistical analysis and program evaluation services to a variety of clients and organizations.   Specific expertise includes:

-          -     Statistical Analysis

o               -     Linear and Multilevel modeling

o              -     DIF Analysis

-          -   Survey Development

-          -   Program Evaluation

o      -     Library Strategic Planning

-                 Norms Development



Gretchen Wronka (send an email)

  Experienced Library professional in planning library services, staffing and spaces with particular specialization in Youth Services.    Currently coordinates youth services and outreach services in the 26 branches of the Hennepin County Library (MN) system which is consistently ranked among the leading public libraries in the US.  Her work has included overseeing operations of a Readmobile that visits family childcare providers and early childhood development sites; directs extensive outreach services to nursing homes and correctional facilities, mail services to homebound and targeted services to new immigrants.  Past-President of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association and member of many state and national councils relating to youth services including the MN   Governorís Council on Reading Excellence,  University of Minnesotaís Advisory Council to the Center for Early Education and Development Early Literacy Training Project, .University of Minnesota Consortium for Children, Youth and Families, the Minnesota Council for Children, Youth and Families and the Advisory Council to the Office of Library Development and Services  Past  President , Legislative Chair, and Chapter Councilor of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA). Consulting with various libraries since 1986. Send email for full resume.
  Gretchen Wronka

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