Helping libraries and other organizations better serve their communities through program planning, coordination, evaluation, and web design services
Amanda R. Latreille, owner of AmaLat Consulting LLC, fell in love with libraries as a young child. Her mother worked for many years as a clerk at the Wead Library in Northern New York, and there she spent countless hours doing homework, volunteering, and hanging out with friends. It became a second home, and her experiences at the Wead Library contributed to her decision to become a librarian.
In 2004, Amanda graduated from SUNY Albany with a Masters in Information Science (Summa Cum Laude). She completed an internship in Youth Services with the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, and worked on a variety of projects as a Student Assistant for the Division of Library Development of the New York State Library.
In 2005, Amanda was hired as the EqualAccess New York Manager and months later was promoted to National Director. EqualAccess was a joint training project of the non-profit Libraries for the Future and several State Library agencies, funded primarily by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project succeeded in training hundreds of public librarians and staff members in developing innovative and community-responsive programming and services.
From 2005 to 2008, she coordinated one-day EqualAccess workshops and multi-day institutes in serving three specific audiences: (1) health consumers, (2) youth, and (3) retirees. With her support, participants learned how to complete assessments, develop work plans, conduct outreach, collaborate, and market their libraries. Her work included all related tasks, such as curriculum and web development, project promotion and recruitment, and evaluation.
After the birth of her first child in 2007, Amanda desired to work more from home, and subsequently established her business in 2008. Since then, she has completed several consulting projects, primarily for the New York State Library. Building from her EqualAccess experience, she specializes in program planning, coordination, and evaluation services for libraries and other organizations.
Amanda has worked as a consultant on the following initiatives:
- Adult Literacy Library Services Program
- Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York
- Family Literacy Library Services Program
- ILEAD USA – New York
- Library Services and Technology Act
- Library System Plans of Service
- Opportunity Online Hardware Grant
- Outcome-Based Evaluation (OBE) Initiative
- Ready to Read at New York Libraries
Amanda is also a Certified OBE Trainer, and has trained hundreds of library and school professionals in developing complete logic models, meaningful outcomes, and effective surveys and focus groups. She is passionate about helping organizations plan, accurately measure, and promote their impact on the populations they serve. In 2012, she co-authored The New York State Library’s Outcome-Based Evaluation Training Initiative: Using Training, Online Support, and Integration to Measure Impact, a chapter in Advances in Librarianship (Vol. 35).
Amanda’s other interests include web design, youth services, and consumer health information. Since 2011, she has provided web design, marketing, and event and membership coordination services for the Central New York Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. From 2007 to 2013, she served as Trustee for the Elbridge Free Library, and wrote two grants providing funding for a new teen space and community health fair. Amanda is also a registered nurse, with experience in neonatology, obstetrics, family practice, and school nursing.
She resides with her husband, three children, and vizsla in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State.