2008-2010

Multnomah County Library

Library Materials Handling and Collection Management Study

Multnomah County was suffering from overcrowding.  There were too many books for the shelves despite their aggressive weeding protocols.  To assist in finding solutions, Lori Ayre conducted a comprehensive materials handling and collection management analysis resulting in multiple recommendations falling into six categories:

  1. Automate the sort and delivery operations
  2. Create an off-site, just-in-time storage and retrieval system that is integrated with the sort operation.
  3. Add automated materials handling systems (sorters and self-service check-in) at the Central and regional libraries.
  4. Add stand-alone bookdrops and expand the size of the Delivery team.
  5. Make policy and procedures changes
  6. Expand self-service options.

2009

MARINet

Library Consortium Network and Integrated Library System Staffing Evaluation

Evaluated staffing requirements for system office of MARINet, an organization providing shared catalog (and other services) for six libraries.

2007-2008

Peninsula Library System

Library Consortium Home Delivery Pilot

Managed Home Delivery Pilot project, a project funded by an LSTA grant to evaluate the cost and benefits of providing home delivery for library materials. Project was cancelled due to integration issues with integrated library system.

2006-2008

Metropolitan New York Library Council

Library Consortium Delivery Service Consultation

Contract began with evaluation of delivery service in the context of other services provided to METRO members. Analyzed costs associated with providing delivery and alternative approaches to improving service. Continued engagement to help METRO maintain excellent delivery service.

2008

North Suburban Library System

Library Consortium Delivery Service Consultation

Evaluated delivery system and provided recommendations for reducing costs and planning for increases in volume while reducing staff costs.

2005-2008

California State Library Foundation

State Library Grant Implementation - Gates Foundation Public Access Computer Hardware Upgrade Program

Assisted with the implementation of the Gates Foundation’s Public Access Computer Hardware Upgrade Grant for the California State Library. Duties included assisting libraries eligible to receive funds to fill out paperwork, assisting State Library personnel in completing grant applications forms and planning the distribution of grant funds.

2007-2008

King County Library System

Library System Software Requirements and Specifications Development

Developed software requirements specification for integrated library system to be developed on open source platform such as Evergreen. This document served as the roadmap for KCLS development efforts over the next several years.

2008

Metrowest Massachusetts Regional Library System

Statewide Library Delivery and Sort Consultation

Evaluated delivery operations of all six regional systems and made recommendations for optimizing services including integrating delivery operation with library system software, consolidating delivery systems and automating sort. The Final Report and Recommendations related to sorting, labeling, and workflow were also included.

2000-2008

Infopeople

Library Service Organization Technology Consultations

Managed numerous projects including rolling out computer labs, and establishing and managing the webcast program. Developed and delivered workshops on Computer and Internet Troubleshooting. Developed and delivered numerous webcasts on filtering and RFID. See Infopeople website for archived training material and webinars.

2008

King County Library System

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Library Sorters

Compared costs and benefits of materials handling operations between two library branches that differed only in how they used automated systems to get the work done. Demonstrated a significant savings for library using automated materials return system.