eiFL Network

International Library Network Sustainability Strategy

eIFL.net is a not for profit organization that supports and advocates for the wide availability of electronic resources by library users in transitional and developing countries. Its core activities are negotiating affordable subscriptions on a multi-country consortial basis, supporting national library consortia and maintaining a global knowledge sharing and capacity building network in related areas, such as open access publishing, intellectual property rights, open source software for libraries and the creation of institutional repositories of local content. eiFL.net required sustainability strategy support to identify which of its activities had the most potential to support sustainability and how.

Internaut Consulting was retained to advise the eiFL Network on a number of effective sustainability strategies in light of their current program offerings and opportunities that Internaut Consulting saw existed leveraging member and donor interest. A previously commissioned study provided a variety of solutions, many of which were highly impractical in the network’s financial, legal and operational state. The advice provided was more practical, as the network acknowledged, and focused on cultivating some obvious partnerships with projects that needed the content and local support the eiFL Network offered globally.

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New York Foundation for the Arts

Online Presence and Revenue Channel Strategy

The New York Foundation for the Arts required an overhaul of its online presence to replace its difficult to navigate, buggy and information heavy website. The site was basically a hierarchical information broadcasting tool with limited interactivity and social networking capacity. The website made it difficult for users to find the rich resources NYFA offered.

NYFA also needed to increase its sustainability based on it’s offerings. NYFA also required help integrating its many databases around its online presence and support defining new products and services that would attract constituencies while not alienating them. It needed to maintain its free content offerings in addition to maintaining the standards of its well regarded training and fellowship initiatives. Finally, NYFA needed to extend its brand both domestically and internationally to include international cultural exchanges.

Internaut Consulting was retained to work with NYFA as its advocate in conjunction with its branding strategy and web development vendor. Internaut consulting assisted in collecting user requirements, participated in hiring its new CIO and assisted NYFA’s new CIO navigate the systems life cycle of a large technology overhaul and software development project. It also assisted in defining its new and modified revenue channels based on NYFA’s user demographics and current product/service offerings. It helped extend NYFA’s domestic brand to an international audience by defining the system and management requirements needed to support it.

Internaut Consulting was also retained to provided specialized IT career Coaching for the CIO of NYFA as part of a broader organization-wide career coaching assignment led by by Meryl Moritz Resources to better define organizational goals and collaboration among staff.

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