Our people share a passion for increasing the visibility and viability of libraries in a Web-based world.
Information Management Team (IMT), Inc.® and Leap Forward Library Consulting™ are teaming up to help libraries achieve this goal by eliminating the barriers imposed by current library workflows and the systems that support them. As partners, we’re uniquely positioned to deliver cost-effective, Library-driven, user-focused solutions to you — solutions that bridge the gaps between today’s systems and the services your patrons demand.
Our technology backbone, PraXis by IMT™, is the product of more than 20 years of IMT’s work in content creation and subject-specific ontologies, augmented by ten years of library metadata standards design and transformation. Creators of numerous innovative electronic products for Publishers, IMT initially brought PraXis to the Library eResource marketplace in 2006, deploying its disruptive solution as the system behind RDA, “the new standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world.” IMT’s expertise in the creation, maintenance, and translation of information assets enabled RDA leadership to deliver a solution few thought possible and allowed the international cooperative to achieve much-needed control of their eResource lifecycle.
Our implementation approach is grounded in the experience of Leap Forward Library Consulting’s principal, Kathryn Harnish. An innovative leader with two decades of experience in conceiving and creating transformational library systems, Kathryn launched LFLC in 2015 to help libraries wrest control from their inventory and workflow management systems and to rethink the services that can be provided to users in doing so. While this type of disruptive change may seem like a pipe dream to many, LFLC’s expertise in systems assessment, workflow transformation, and vendor relations will allow you to better achieve the changing business and service goals of your library.
Together, our shared passion is to let librarians be librarians again — to give you the freedom to serve patrons in the best ways possible, to allow you to realize the full potential of your library in a Web-based world.
Meet the PraXis Team
Kathryn Harnish, Principal at Leap Forward Library Consulting
As principal in Leap Forward Library Consulting™, Kathryn provides a variety of strategic consulting and innovation partnership services to libraries. Kathryn, who has served in senior product management roles for several ILS providers, brings more than 20 years of experience in the library technology space to bear on systems evaluation and selection, workflow transformation, open systems development, library metrics, shared print management, and more. Fusing a pragmatic, business-oriented perspective with deep domain knowledge, she partners with librarians and other industry experts to develop future-focused strategies that respect core library values. Her relationship with IMT is an extension of this work — Kathryn is excited to bring powerful new solutions to bear on libraries’ most pressing problems with implementation of the PraXis transformation engine.
When not thinking about the future of libraries, Kathryn and her husband, Rob, operate Took a Leap Farm, a small goat farm and creamery in Houlton, Maine. Kathryn volunteers with a local animal rescue and sanctuary, reads voraciously, and still enjoys travel (despite being a very frequent flyer).