Margaret (Peg) Sullivan

Margaret SullivanMargaret (Peg) Sullivan is owner of the Library Resource Group LLC, a unique consulting firm focused on the design strategies needed to complement 21st Century schools and libraries.

Peg has been committed to the school and library market almost all of her adult career. An advocate for education, she has been actively involved on both the business and professional side of the market. A speaker at national and international conferences, her recent topics included “Designing School Libraries for the 21st Century” and “Designing Spaces for Early Childhood Literacy.” Peg has written two books and numerous feature articles for national magazines on school libraries.

As Director of Merchandising and Marketing for Highsmith, Inc., she was responsible for their creative design services for library and school projects. She also supervised product development, product management, catalog and web merchandising, strategic market planning, and trade shows. Under her direction relationships were established with over 800 suppliers and manufacturers representing every product category used in schools and libraries. Her experience includes market research, product life cycle and pricing analysis and product line development.

Peg is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). She is a founding board member of the AASL Vendor Alliance and is on the AASL Implementation Committee for the Standards and Guidelines for the 21st Century Learner and originated their new branding name “Learning 4 Life.” For eight consecutive years she has been asked to chair the ALA scholarship event with the financial object of raising $100,000 for library scholarships. She is also a past chair of the ALA Exhibitors Round Table and has served on the ALA Conference Committee.

New Orleans libraryIn 2006 the American Library Association was the first large conference to return to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Highsmith and ALA partnered to take on a massive renovation project during the conference. Peg oversaw the design, supplier negotiations, transportation, and staging of the project. She directed 250 librarians, Highsmith personnel, and New Orleans personnel to complete the project in 5 days during the conference.

She began her career in journalism and documentary script writing. In her free time, she continues to enjoy writing and photography. She has also had a long career in regional and community theater in both directing and set/lighting design.

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