Conference Presentations

Tom Hennen has published and spoken extensively on each of these topics.  Learn more in these vital workshops for state and regional library associations, library consortia, individual libraries and others.  Program length is negotiable and usually run from one hour to two days, depending on client needs.  Previous presentations are highlighted below this listing.

  1. Long range planning – The author of Hennen’s Public Library Planner outlines the process of library strategic planning. A one hour to two day presentation that will start your library on the road to greatness.  For consulting on doing a long range plan see the planning section of this site. 
  2. Library Districts – Only 20 states allow the formation of special districts for library services. This workshop will help greatly if you are thinking of forming one under your state’s laws.  If your state lacks such legislation, learn about getting the needed laws passed.
  3. Impact fees. Impact fees are property tax assessments that are placed on new homes as they are being built. The funds raised are then used to cover the capital costs that result from the impact that the new residents will have on a library’s operation.
  4. Library Standards.  Public library standards are more critical today when we must balance the books and bytes than they have ever been. This presentation will highlight needs and best practices.
  5. Budgets in the Red – Hennen responded to another consultant that pushes the NPR model of Plural Funding by urging a return to tax supported library service.  He also responds with specific strategies for dealing with massive budget cuts in public libraries.
  6. GASB 34.  Governing Accounting Standards Board requirements can send libraries into a tailspin without solid guidance from a pro. Get that guidance with this presentation. .


  • Public Library Association Annual Conference April, 2000 in Charlotte, NC  “The Best Libraries in America? An Explanation of the HAPLR Index”
  • Public Library Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, USA. 1986.  “Positively Main Street; library services to retail businesses.”
  • American Library Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA. 1982. Panel member for program titled “Library Services to Rural Populations.”
  • American Library Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, USA. 1980.  Speaker for program titled “Publicizing Rural Library Services.”
  • “Sowing the Seeds of Power” workshops. 1979-87. Conducted a total of 22 sessions of this continuing education workshop for library associations and systems in twelve U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.
  • Public Library Association Conference March 2006.  “Full vs Plural Funding.”  Coffman/Hennen Debate
  • South Australia Library Standards Seminar, Adelaide, South Australia.  2004

Wisconsin Library Association, Other.

Other State & Local

  • Rhode Island Library Association, June 6, 2008. Salve Regina University, Newport, RI  “Is there a Consolidation in Your Library’s Future?”
  • Cuyahoga County Library System and area libraries. June, 2008.An Explanation of HAPLR Ratings.
  • Ohio Library Council.  HAPLR Rating System and Ohio Libraries. October 6, 2005.
  • Tennessee Library Association Conference March 26-28,  2002 “HAPLR Library Rating System, Tennessee Perspective.”
  • Tennessee Library Association Conference March 26-28, 2002  “The Great GASB 34 Auditing Challenge.”
  • Long Island Library Conference, May 2001. “Presentation on HAPLR Ratings”
  • North Suburban Library System (Illinois, USA). February 15, 2000.  “Presentation on HAPLR Ratings”
  • Online Library Computing Consortium (OCLC) Awards Luncheon in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Tribute to the five libraries in Ohio that finished number one in their respective population categories in the HAPLR Index
  • Hennepin County February 2001
  • Lake Villa (IL) 2011: “Public Library Futures Report” (PowerPoint)
  • Northern Waters Library System (WI) June 12, 2006.  “County Library Planning in Wisconsin.” (PowerPoint)
  • University of Wisconsin Extension Lecturer 1981-83. Conducted two “Focus on the Small Library” courses for a total of 16 hours.