About Mark

Mark is the President of Mark Ranum & Associates, a consulting firm for libraries and nonprofits.

See Clients for more detail on Mark’s consulting work.


Tower, MN 55790


8 / 2011 to 1 / 2015

Executive Director, Pioneerland Library System, Willmar, MN
31 Libraries Total Circulation: 800,000+ Cardholders: 85,000+

 Directed and led 31-library, 9-county consolidated regional public library system.
 Worked with 35-member Board of Directors for policy and operational governance.
 Led strategic planning and technology infrastructure upgrade initiatives.

1 / 2006 to 11/2014

Director, Plum Creek Library System, Worthington, MN
25 Libraries /19 Outreach collections Total Circulation: 1,000,000+ Cardholders: 55,000+

 Directed all system services for 25-library, 9-county federated regional public library system.
 Directed and managed transition from TLC to SirsiDynix to Koha ILS over 7 year period.
 Oversaw transition from Bookmobile outreach to Deposit Collection outreach services.
 Worked with 21-member Board of Directors for policy and operational governance.

8/2000 to 8/2005

Coordinating Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN
5 Libraries 98 FTE Total circulation: 3,000,000+ Cardholders: 100,000+

 Libraries ranged in size from Southdale (80,000 sq ft.) to Oxboro (17,000 sq ft.).
 Directed Strategic Action Plans for Diversity, Poverty, and Information Services.
 Managed 11% staff reduction due to budget reductions from 2003-2005.
 Led community-based roles and services process to determine library focus.
 Supervised renovation (capital and operating) projects at Penn Lake (2002, $420,000), Oxboro (2003, $480,000) and Southdale (2002-2003, $967,000).

9/1989 to 8/2000

Reference Services Coordinator, East Central Regional Library System, Cambridge, MN

 Supervised reference, interlibrary loan, and periodical services for 13 libraries.
 Managed electronic collection and services, including Website development.

2005-2014 Sample of Consulting Clients (additional previous client list available at )

 Aitkin Public Library, Aitkin, MN.

• Space needs study and service plan development for library expansion.

 Kitchigami Regional Library System, Pine River, MN.

• Joint Powers Agreement development for 5-county, 9-city regional public library.

 Traverse des Sioux Library System, Mankato, MN.

• Fee structure development and implementation for 17-member regional library.
• Salary structure development and Pay Equity assurance report.

 Carver County Library System, Chaska, MN.

• Staffing for Results study and implementation for 5-member county library.
• Automated materials handling consulting to implement Tech Logic AMH

Professional activities

 Lake Superior Library Symposium Presenter, History of MN Public Libraries, 2014.
 2013 Chair, Minnesota Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators
 2013/2007 Minnesota Library Legislative Chair and active lobbyist for library issues locally and statewide.
 2010-2011 Chair, MN Certification for Library Staff statewide committee
 2009 MN Arts and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) strategic framework committee representing all libraries.
 2005 Diversity in Action Award winner, Hennepin County.
 2002 President, METRONET Multitype Library System Governing Board of Directors.
 1996 President, Minnesota Library Association (MLA).
 1994-1997, 2007, 2013 Minnesota Library Association Foundation Board of Directors.
 1994, 1997 Chair, MLA Annual Conference Program Committees.
 1994-1995 Treasurer, Office of Library Development and Services Friends.
 1994 Editor, MORE (MN Opportunities for Reference Excellence) Manual, 2nd ed.

Community activities

 2004-2006 President, Quatrefoil Library Board of Directors (board member 2002-2008).
 2005-2006 Chair, GLBT International Conference Steering Committee.
 1997-1998 President, EarthSave Twin Cities Board of Directors.
 1996-1999 President, MOMS Food Cooperative Board of Directors.


MLS (1989, ALA accredited), University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

BA (1985, Philosophy/Mathematics), Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.

Integrative Program in Administration 1989
Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Washington, Seattle.

Certificate of Professional Development in Library Administration, 1991
School of Library of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

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9463 St. Odilia Beach Road
Tower, MN 55790

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