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Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss bring a 'real-world' approach to consulting, emphasizing simple 'customer-first' solutions for the myriad of issues facing libraries today.

Whether it's customer-service or any of the full-range of traditional library consulting topics, they embrace a straight forward, common sense attitude informed by their vision of libraries and librarianship developed from their collective 50+ years of professional experience.Dan Weiss and Meg Kolaya

They have had great success with the collaborative shared-services approach they have championed since 2005. Through this cooperation they have recieved over $250,000 in grant funds to support projects including Libraries and Autism: We're Connected, a Feasibility Study to explore the creation of a new joint library system, development of an online Joint Digital Archives, staff training initiatives, joint collection and policy development, renovations and capital improvements. They are both active in regional and statewide activities including advocacy, implementation of the One Book New Jersey initiative, and a variety of other library issues.

Meg became a public library director in 1997, and has guided the Scotch Plains (NJ) Public Library from 2002 unitl her retirement in 2015. Her library career before that ranged from archives and manuscripts to heading a pre-K to 12 school library to running the building and technology of a large public library. Many years of volunteer activities in museum settings and with community organizations has given her a wide and varied view of group dynamics and organization. She has served on local and state committees for libraries. Her ideal day is spent on a sunny beach with a great book, good friends and some dolphins to watch.   Meg's Resume

Dan is currently the director of the Fanwood (NJ) Memorial Library. Since he accepted that position in 1997 he has dramatically taken a small suburban library into the 21st century with improvements in facilities, staffing and service. He has served locally, regionally and state wide on many civic and library related committees and boards. In his current position Dan gets to do it all, from overseeing web development, graphics design and renovations, to public relations and fund-raising, all while being the go-to-guy for overflowing toilets and salting the front walk.
    After hours, Dan continues his varied music career, now with well over 50 years of performing, singing and playing the guitar. He loves all kinds of music with a special fondness for vocalists (Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Billy Holiday and George Jones), bluegrass, honky-tonk, and acoustic roots country.   Dan's Resume

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