Nancy Bolt

nancyNancy Bolt, MLS, SMP

Vice President of LibraryMax

Nancy Bolt has been active in the library profession for over 35 years.  She has a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Missouri.  Her major career milestones include:

* Library consultant (Nancy Bolt & Associates) 1982 – present

* Creator Project Co-Director of the Library Support Staff Certification Project

* American Project Director of the American Bulgarian Library Exchange (ABLE) project funded by the US Department of State

* Multiple strategic planning and project evaluation projects

* State Librarian and Assistant Superintendent, Colorado Department of Education (1987 – 2005)

* Creator and first Director of the National Endowment of Humanities Library Program (1977 – 1979)


* Creator and first Director of the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Program at the Forsyth County Public Library (this was a precursor of the library activities to help people try for and get jobs that many libraries offer now)  (1974 – 1977)

Strategic Planning – Bolt is certified by the Association of Strategic Planning at their highest level of certification as a Strategic Management Professional.  Bolt has facilitated strategic planning for public libraries, regional library cooperatives, state library associations, and state library agencies.  In recent years she has focused on work with large US and international library organizations.

Project planning and evaluation – Bolt has significant expertise in project planning and evaluation with an emphasis on outcome based measurement and data-based decision making.  This focus includes both what is done in a project (input), the response of the target audience to these activities (output), and, most important, the impact of activities on the target audience (outcome or results).  Bolt emphasizes this analysis in all of the consulting projects she does.

Staff development and training – Bolt has been a supporter of adult continuing education from adult literacy to professional training to certification for library support staff.  She has experience in training staff at all levels.

International library development – Bolt was co-founder of a cooperative project between the Colorado Association of Libraries and the Bulgarian Library and Information Association, which in turn, led to a three-year grant from the US Department of State to create the American Bulgarian Library Project (ABLE).  ABLE consultants facilitated 18 partnerships between American and Bulgarian libraries, visits of librarians to visit their partner, training of 12 Bulgarian librarians who in turned trained 800 Bulgarian librarians to create Community Information Centers, and facilitation of national advocacy projects such as National Library Week and National Legislative Day.

Bolt facilitated seminars in Armenia and Georgia on library and association development.  She served on the International Federation of Library Agencies (IFLA) Governing Board, chaired the IFLA Strategic Planning Committee, and edited and wrote chapters for the Guidelines for Libraries of Government Departments, published by IFLA.

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