Rhonda Kleiman brings almost 40 years of experience to her clients. For over 30 of those years she has worked as a professional business librarian in both public and corporate library settings. Rhonda didn’t know it at the time, but when she got her first part-time job shelving books at the New York Public Library while still in high school her career fate was instantly sealed.
It was while she was working at the Research Institute of America, a publisher of business newsletters and monographs, that she became fascinated by the world of business, leading her to specialize in business reference. She brings a deep understanding of the types of information businesses need to succeed and serves as a strategic partner to her clients. She knows the right questions to ask, can easily identify hundreds of resources to go to and search them for maximum results. You can be confident that the information she delivers will not only be current and timely, but authoritative and relevant as well.
Rhonda served as the Economic Development Manager for the Library System of Lancaster County and was responsible for starting the county’s award-winning economic gardening program in partnership with the Lancaster County Planning Commission. During her 13 years in that role, she worked with hundreds of small business start-ups and entrepreneurs, both as a provider of information and as a mentor. She was instrumental in obtaining grant money to open a business information center at the Lancaster Public Library. Previously she served as a Senior Information Specialist in the information center at the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
Rhonda has made numerous presentations at the local, state and national level. She has served on a number of committees and task forces for the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County. She served for nine years as a mentor for SCORE Lancaster, as well as serving for five years on the executive committee and is also a certified Kauffman FastTrac Facilitator. Rhonda has been a long-standing member of American Library Association and has served on numerous BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) committees. She has twice been a co-facilitator and presenter for the BRASS bi-annual “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies For Business Librarians” preconference.
Rhonda is also a member of the Association of Independent Information Professionals and American Business Women’s Association-Lancaster Area Express Network. She was recently named the 2019 Woman of the Year by ABWA-LAEN. She has a BA in Spanish from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY and a Masters of Library Science from St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York.