​​​​The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance: Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors

“For The Benefit of the Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Community”

Organizational leadership for libraries, information centers, radio stations, local media outlets, small business, non-profits and the public/community service sectors involves creativity, flexibility and nontraditional thinking.

The Presentation: Extensive backgrounds working with geographically diverse groups of unique library, information, and media communities nationwide.

Progressive & Creative: The provision of services in the roles of: Library Managers/Practitioners, Knowledge/Information Specialists, Consultants; Radio Broadcasting/Local Media Pros | Business Pros, Music Specialists, Popular Culture Insiders, Community/Public Service Leaders.

​Career Library Directors, Managers, Practitioners, Educators, Advocates, Consultants; Radio Industry Business Persons/Broadcasters; Business Professionals:

The Team: Extensive backgrounds working with a geographically diverse group of unique library, information, and media communities.

An evolving “Boutique Service Firm; An Expanding Professional Services Hub.

We endeavor to support and partner with progressive, creative, flexible and productive, agencies and companies aiming to showcase themselves as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client/community/regionally focused missions providing essential and progressive services and resources.

Partnerships help define a community/region to encourage civic pride & invest residents with a sense of ownership.  Evolving and transitioning Organizations, Agencies and Companies that we work with are creative and fearless as all recognize that dynamic forces are in play within our towns, boroughs, cities, counties and regions and around the world

Join with The evolving Caique-Mersey Group in this effort for Civic/Community/Regional Engagement fosters Revitalization as it Contributes Directly to Societal Strength.

Fostering Proud Associations with The Library Community, The Radio-Broadcasting Community, The Business Community and The Public Service - Community Partnership - Regional Development Sector: Cornerstones of the Political, Economic and Social Fabric of Society.

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.” --Steve Jobs

Supporting“ The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “Integrate Solid Old School and Creative New School” elements into contemporary and progressive 21st Century agency and organizational paradigms for our partners, clients, and friends.


An Expanding Professional Services Hub:

-The Library & Information Sector

-Business: The Private Sector

-Governmental/ Non-Profit Sector

-Professional Services/Organizational Operations

-Academia: The Education Sector

-Research/Knowledge Services

-Staffing/Training/Sector Presentations

-Radio Station / Radio Broadcasting / Local Media 

-Public Service/Community/Regional Development  
 

Elements Can Contain: Essential Organizational Operations | Strategic Planning | Budgeting/Resource Allocation | Marketing / Public Relations / Programming / Formats / Efficiency/Effectiveness | Management Skills | Stress Management | Personnel/Staff Development | Communications | Professional Skills | Events/Promotions | Sales/Revenue Generation | Training/Continuing Education Skills


Multiple Service Lines

Menu 1: Fostering Proud Associations with The Library Community, The Radio-Broadcasting Community, The Business Community and The Public Service ~ Community Partnership ~ Regional Development Sector: Political, Economic and Social Cornerstones.

Menu 2: The Library & Information/Research Field-Special Projects; Permanent Placement - 
Long-term/Short Term by Team Members & Colleagues; Can provide on-demand secondary research by providing our partners with substantive research and analysis that delivers a positive return-on-investment; Presentations; Planning; Service Provision.

Menu 3: Business/Real Estate/Radio Station ~ Regional Broadcasting/Local Media/Community/Private Sector Interests — Supporting progressive, creative, flexible and productive agencies and organizations as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client focused missions.

Menu 4: The Business Incubator-A Group Initiative - An evolving program to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies and/or non-profit/educational/public service organizations through an array of support resources and services.

Menu 5: The Caique-Mersey “Cares”-‘Caique Cares’ ~ a diversified public service program initiative of The Caique ~ Mersey Community and Alliance

Menu 6: The Caique-Mersey Advocates” - The team works as a coalition partner with other public and private sector agencies, organizations and entities that seek to support the Library, Information, Radio, Music, Business and Public Service communities through political, economic and social education, awareness and advocacy.

 Menu 7: The Library Beatles Fan Club / The Library Scruffs – The public service/non-profit vehicle that brings professional people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and “The World of Radio” and “The World of Popular Culture” and “The Beatles Universe” together.


The act of reinvention for the sake of sustainability is a necessary component for short and long-term success.

 
Working with The Caique-Mersey Community and Alliance: The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors are keys in insuring success for the relevant and vital organization as our collegial partners help define a community, encourage civic pride, and invest residents with a sense of ownership. 

 
These sector organizations and entities are at the heart and soul of a town, city, county or region and reflect the value residents place on education, business, culture, quality of life, and freedom.

 
The Caique-Mersey Kaleidoscopic Evaluation Process 

The methodology:

•Understand the current situation.

•Understand the desired performance.

•Determine the gap.

•Create a framework.

 
Entities need to strive to keep pace with political, economic, technological and social changes partly because the definition of organizational missions have changed.


Working with The Caique-Mersey Community and Alliance:


The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance: Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors are keys to insuring success for the relevant and vital organization as our collegial partners help define a community, encourage civic pride, and invest residents with a sense of ownership. They are at the heart and soul of a town, city, county or region and reflect the value residents place on education, business, culture, quality of life, and freedom.

We Act As A Community Bridge: Aim ~ To bring diverse people~~including local government officials & stakeholders & organizations with different perspectives together in order to build stronger communities.

​Visionaries: Aim ~ To lead efforts to develop a broad & inclusive community vision. 

The Community/The Region as a Main Hub of Democracy: Aim ~ The Epicenter where democracy, civic engagement & public discourse happen.

Economic vitality: Aim ~ To focus on making towns, cities,   counties and regions economically stronger through education, workforce development & economic growth.

Actions local governments, libraries, local media outlets, businesses & public service agencies together: Aim ~ To create strong, quality of life & focused communities to include: Contemporary skills to provide a foundation for long-term economic success; Connecting people with job opportunities & the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce; Supporting & growing small businesses which assist in long-term economic growth; Leveraging public spaces & facilities as catalysts for development; Providing accessible resources for all community/demographic groups. 

Outlook. We need to transform and create what libraries can be in the digital age. Darwin’s axiom: The species that survive are not necessarily the smartest or fastest, but the ones who best adapt.


Libraries and Library Communities

 
The sector is quite diversified from a national perspective. It is a mirror of America: have and have-nots. Many will grow, prosper and evolve. Many will not. There must be a serious movement begun to insure progressive organizational/operational structures are in place in order to insure intelligent adequate and consistent funding and resource allocation from the local, county, state and federal level. All levels of government need to be in-sync with one another to insure success.

Libraries need to be centers of learning and civic discourse. Libraries need to complete the American promise of learning for all, and we need them more than ever in our rapidly changing communities. The society is replete with a growing diversity and culture. Cities need to be entrepreneurial by nature, the gateway between areas north and south. Towns, Cities and Counties need to have growing tech communities with talent. Libraries can be a powerful element binding people to regions.

Libraries should play a role an area’s potential or real progressive growth momentum. 

Libraries have long been portals to new worlds, unlocking vast storehouses of knowledge. Now, in our digital world, when knowing things in real-time can spark an explosion of innovation, libraries are even more important. They’re essential. We owe it to our future to take advantage of the possibilities.


Radio and Local Media and Business


These entities in general must make changes in order to endure and grow and evolve progressively into the 21st century. If radio is going to survive, it needs to get back to being live, local and getting involved in the community. Radio works best when it talks to individuals on a one to one basis. Radio broadcasters face being squeezed off the dial as stereo makers offer an array of new apps with thousands of new listening options in new cars. A far cry from local AM/FM sets of the past, the latest units not only offer satellite or HD radio, but apps that bundle signals from Internet radio broadcasters across the country. The result is that conventional broadcasters are being forced to adapt by emphasizing quality local or targeted content, working different distribution channels or maybe becoming part of a bundle themselves. The competitive path will only get tougher as the newest stereo units arrive either through new car purchases or the aftermarket. AM/FM broadcast technology will be closely examined as content is now paramount. Having a good signal and a transmitter does not guarantee that a radio station will be successful. The large array of listening choices is hastened by the growing number of Internet-based radio stations that allows shoestring upstarts to compete against big-money broadcasters, much as magazines and newspapers have been under assault on the Web by bloggers and other content creators for a number of years now. 


The Future

Agency Administrators, Managers and Staffers can deal with evolutionary environments with one of two mindsets: one can do nothing and continue with a status-quo mentality of “doing business as it has always been done” or one can engage in a serious planning process that involves the organization & the community/marketplace in sustained smart discussions about what the organization in question could and should become. 

Every community/regional service area is most unique and so is every working agency. The smart planning process will ultimately provide the framework for all stakeholders to work together to create a functional & dynamic vision of the future and a clear understanding of its evolving role in reaching its ideal developing operational structure.

The future is constantly unfolding, relentless, and happening whether we want it to or not. It will happen whether or not members of the library, information, radio, media, business, music, government and non-profit sectors agree to participate.

We encourage and hope that the right decisions are made. Working with a progressive framework and strategy in place is ultimately the correct and essential move.


--We pair out-of-the-box thinking with tried-and-true professional skills. We believe in implementing "the best of the old and the best of the new." 

--We strive to be on the cusp of new trends, technologies and ways to organize and manage organizational dynamics effectively and creatively.


Career Library Directors, Managers, Practitioners, Educators, Advocates, Consultants; Radio Industry Business Persons/Broadcasters; Business Professionals.

Extensive backgrounds working with a geographically diverse group of unique library, information, and media communities nationwide.

Experience in the Organization, Management, and Dissemination of Library, Information, and Media Services in all sectors: Library Director, Manager, Practitioner, Consultant,  Educator, Advocate, Business, Public Relations/Marketing Specialist; Budgetary, Personnel, Training, Public Services, Technology, Social Media, Collection Development, Administration, Management, Planning, Organizational dynamics, Outreach, Programming, Human Resources, Instruction, Building/Cyber Planning, Fundraising, Decision-making ability, Common sense, People skills, Vision, Strategic planning {A "Change Agent"}, Dealing with stress, Customer service, Workplace politics, Cyber-planning, Cultural diversity, Reference, Problem-solving, Multi-tasking, Community, Project Manager, Event Developer, Information Specialist,*Business/Music Librarianship Subject Specialists.

 Important Elements: Media/Broadcaster/Business Ownership/Terrestrial Radio Station Operations/Advertising/Production;

Experience with community partnerships/assessments;

Experience in crisis management: Use the crisis as a catalyst to find efficiencies and overall improvement for the organization;

Supports the importance of the library role of providing critical-inquiry skills;

Progressive team-based change agents;

Community Development/Community Partnerships

Colleagues come from an impressive range of backgrounds and education. Our staff’s diversity lets us find the best solution for making your ideas successful. We come from a variety of disciplines and career paths, ensuring that our approach considers all angles. Basically, whenever you have an idea, we produce a strategy to make that idea work. We won’t rest until you’re completely satisfied.


​A Sampling of Historical Staff  Affiliations/Insights:

New York Public  Library, Queens, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Houston, Harris, Broward, San Antonio, New Jersey Library Network ~ The Highlands Library Cooperative, NJ; Pennsauken Free Public Library System, NJ; Morris County Library, NJ; Boonton Holmes Public Library, NJ; Parsippany Public Library System, NJ; County College of Morris, NJ; Madison Public Library, NJ; Rockaway Borough Free Library, NJ; St. Elizabeth's College, NJ; West Haven Public Library System, CT; Chesterfield County Public Library System, VA; Dover PL, DE;  Harford County Public Library, MD;  George Washington University, DC; Queens College, NY; Information Services, IN; Eastern Washington University, WA; Rowan University ~ Glassboro, NJ; The Veterans Administration, CT; KPMG Peat Marwick, NY; Ernst & Young, NY; Deloitte & Touche, NY; American Cyanamid, NJ; New York City-Area & Manhattan-Based Elite Law Firms; Indiana University, Bloomington IN; Arizona State University, AZ; Central Maine Community College, ME; Maryland Library Association; Maine Library Association; New Jersey Library Association; Connecticut Library Association; Pennsylvania Library Association; American Library Association; Public Library Association; SLA; MLA; National Association of Broadcasters; MDCD Broadcasters, MD; PAB Broadcasters, PA; Maine Association of Broadcasters; Mid-Maine Media, Inc./WDME Radio: Central and Northern Maine's Hometown Radio Station; WMTR Radio, WGLS, WDHA, WCBS-FM, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, WIUX, WFIU, WBAL, WINS, WTOP, WBZ, WRVA, KYW, WQMF-FM, WSOX-FM, WNEW-FM, WODE-FM, KKZX-FM, WQMF-FM, WLVQ-FM, WNIS-FM, WKLH-FM, KLBJ-FM, WABC, WPLJ, KQRS, WBAP, CKQB;    RAB; On-Demand Secondary Substantive Research and Analysis; "The "Beatles Universe; Community ~ Regional ~ Event Planning; Pro-Bono ~ Outreach Consulting Services; Public Interest Groups, Coalition of Organizations and Special Interest Groups; Citadels of Knowledge, Community Development & Partnerships & Cultural Production; Strategic Planning and Organizational Development; Managing Library Agencies; Radio Stations / Local Media Outlets ~ Broadcasting ~ Programming ~ Advertising ~ Formats; Small Business; Non-Profits: Community ~ Events ~ Branding~ Operations and Personnel / Team Building; Customer Service Awareness and Expertise; Group Facilitation, Training; Advocacy; Business, Public Relations/Marketing; Facility Planning.  Progressive library agencies, information/knowledge centers, strong radio stations, vibrant local media outlets, music/popular culture-based organizations, entrepreneurial-centric small businesses, mission-driven non-profits, responsible academic sectors, knowledgeable governmental levels, regionally-aware communities and public service/infrastructure oriented hubs of growth. These  types of potentially vibrant and progressive sectors are essential for societal success in this our evolving and transitioning modern society.


Areas of Services:


NAICS 541611: Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services - This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in providing operating advice and assistance to businesses and other organizations on administrative management issues strategic and organizational planning, site selection, new business startup, and business process improvement. This industry also includes establishments of general management consultants that provide a full range of administrative; human resource; marketing; process, physical distribution, and logistics; or other management consulting services to clients.

NAICS 531311: Residential property managers

NAICS 813410: Civic and social organizations

NAICS 711320: Promoters of performing arts and similar events without facilities    
 

The future is constantly unfolding, relentless, and happening whether we want it to or not. It will happen whether or not members of the library, information, radio, media, business, music, government and non-profit sectors agree to participate.

We encourage and hope that the right decisions are made. Working with a progressive framework and strategy in place is ultimately the correct and essential move.  


Progressive library agencies, information/knowledge centers, strong radio stations, vibrant local media outlets, music/popular culture-based organizations, entrepreneurial-centric small businesses, mission-driven non-profits, responsible academic sectors, knowledgeable governmental levels, regionally-aware communities and public service/infrastructure oriented hubs of growth are some of the cornerstones of a progressive society. These potentially vibrant and progressive sectors are essential for success in this our evolving and transitioning world.
 

The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance: Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors are keys to insuring success for the relevant and vital organization as our combined collegial partnership/engagement can help to define a community, encourage civic pride, and invest residents with a sense of ownership. These elements are at the heart and soul of a town, city, county or region and reflect the value residents, customers, stakeholders and colleagues place on education, business, culture, quality of life and freedom.
 

The Caique~Mersey Alliance adheres to the belief that 21st Century Library advocates/Radio/Media/Business/Public Service Advocates and Participating Professionals: a) Are creative about finding solutions to address the environment; b) Have an entrepreneurial spirit which enables one to re-invent organizations to be something more; c) Know that assisting the customer is paramount; d) Embrace technology; e) Are business-like in demeanor and action. One needs to know how to research, conduct formal assessments, strategically partner, problem solve outside the box, and effectively manage, politic, and lead; and f) Know that the most important operational paradigm is to meet the needs of the communities so served.


Entities are striving to keeping pace with political, economic, technological and social changes partly because the definition of organizational missions have changed.

 
Organizational leadership for libraries, information centers, radio stations, local media outlets, small business, non-profits and the public/community service sectors involves creativity, flexibility and nontraditional thinking.
 

The act of reinvention for the sake of sustainability is a necessary component for short and long-term success.


Working The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance: Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors are keys to insuring success for the relevant and vital organization as our collegial partners help define a community, encourage civic pride, and invest residents with a sense of ownership.  

 
A Caique~Mersey Community / Alliance Library Snapshot -- Elements of a Good Library Organization


-Strategic Planning: The Evolving Nature of the Public Library

-Training

-Quality Management: Develop the Staff; Evolve the Library Structure; Use a Committee Structure.

-Customer Service

-The Agency needs to be Focused and Enduring

 

The Strategy

-A Service Delivery Plan

-Information Services, etc.

-A Customer Service Approach

-A Technology Plan 

-A Collection Plan

-A Building/Infrastructure Plan

- Staff Development/Performance Plan

-A Marketing Plan/Public Relations

-Quantitative Documents to Support Direction 


The Philosophy

-Values Shared by Government, Education, Business, Non-profits sectors; Communities, Citizens, Staff, Library Advocates.


The Image

-Noticeable technical presence – current and up-to-date tools

-Modified core collection presentation; develop a stronger consumer driven collection; giving our customers what they want.

-Striking marketing practices – simple yet effective promotions


The Library Product

-Trained staff – who do their job effectively within a good working environment

-An inviting facility – one that is an effective staging place

-An effective cyber facility – one that is an effective staging place

-Information Services (Reference), Youth Services (Children, Teen), other evolving demographic units as needed; Readers Advisory, Programming, Customer Service – services that get the job done

-Information collections and tools

 
Funding Mechanisms

-Budget – Federal, State, County, Local Levels 

-Collaborative Partners: Library Stakeholders (Citizens, Friends of the Library, grant/fund raising partners, organizational partnerships, etc.)


The Point 

-Developing the Library as a destination point/a fun place for customers and a good work environment for staff.


Radio and Local Media and Business

 These entities in general must make changes in order to endure and grow and evolve progressively into the 21st century.

 As an example, if radio is going to survive, it needs to get back to being live, local and getting involved in the community. Radio works best when it talks to individuals on a one to one basis. 
 

The Future

 
Agency Administrators, Managers and Staffers can deal with evolutionary environments with one of two mindsets: one can do nothing and continue with a status-quo mentality of “doing business as it has always been done” or one can engage in a serious planning process that involves the organization & the community/marketplace in sustained smart discussions about what the organization in question could and should become.

 Every community/regional service area is most unique and so is every working agency. The smart planning process will ultimately provide the framework for all stakeholders to work together to create a functional & dynamic vision of the future and a clear understanding of its evolving role in reaching its ideal developing operational structure.

The future is constantly unfolding, relentless, and happening whether we want it to or not. It will happen whether or not members of the library, information, radio, media, business, music, government and non-profit sectors agree to participate.

We encourage and hope that the right decisions are made. Working with a progressive framework and strategy in place is ultimately the correct and essential move.


A Caique~Mersey Community / Alliance Radio Station Snapshot -- Elements of a Good Radio Media Outlet Organization:

--Though the radio station business model is a relatively complex one, operating a successful radio station is not that much different than operating any company or organization that aims towards being successful. But since a radio station company does have detailed nuances that one is not likely to find in many other businesses, there are some things that one can do to ensure that the entity is a successful and profitable radio station business. 

-- Have a sales-heavy marketing department. Make sure that one has a capable and experienced team in place that can make sales calls for the radio station and can solicit advertising spots and sponsorships. This is the life-blood of commercial radio, therefore ensuring that there is a constant stream of income for the business is essential. 

-- Don’t over-hire in other areas. This means eliminating or not hiring additional staff if you don’t need them. Staff should have the ability to wear “many hats.” Extra staff can cut heavily into the budget and can be a very big money and time waster. Creating partnerships with local colleges that have broadcasting and media departments can be very helpful to the radio station from a personnel as well as a public relations perspective. 

-- Be sure to include diverse genres in your advertising and marketing campaigns. As long as the sponsors aren’t in direct conflict with the nature of your station’s personality, always try to include a variety of advertising clients. This gives the media outlet the opportunity to reach more audiences and markets. 

-- Always have promotions in-place. This keeps listeners tuned in and listening (to ads) and also encourages them to “refer a friend.” 

-- By staying ahead and aware of new developments in various consumer markets, the radio station should be better able to gauge what the audience and communities so served wants and desires to listen to. This can help the company in designing future marketing campaigns

--Successful radio stations (especially those in smaller-sized markets) are not always rated by how much glitz and appeal they have, but more on how they affect their radio listening communities/marketplaces with their music, news, information, etc. If you keep the radio station connected to what’s going on around a progressive local community, county, region and the nation, one should always have a faithful listener base who will tune in to see what the station media outlet has to say. Radio can be a medium for all seasons. While some media display sharp peaks and valleys in their ability to attract and hold audience attention, Radio's consistent levels of audience should reach across all four quarters of the year. Whether your marketing goal is short-term impact or long-term share maintenance, Radio's historical stable audience base represents a platform for your brand's message.


The Library Consultant

Caique-Mersey Community / Alliance personnel have developed expertise from administrative, managerial, and practitioner roles in libraries, information centers and information-centric organizations. They provide common sense and practical ad-hoc insights, skills, and knowledge in such areas as direct public service provision, marketing, consulting, advertising, public relations and a variety of support services to agencies, organizations, and companies in the library, information, media and business fields.

The trend to reform the structure, form and function of the library is a reality for many progressive change agents and agencies in this day and age in “library-land.” The movement towards a physical library collection to continue to evolve to a digital combined state is real; the trend to expanding the overall digital library collection is apparent; and the real and or perceived desire and need to demonstrate greater value to the communities so served will take libraries being planned, constructed now, and those being renovated to eliminate shelf space in favor of other space use. Digital creation labs, community use rooms, {theatres, auditoriums, learning galleries, production/business corridors and the like, etc} and expansions of seating and reading areas are just a few ways that libraries will be finding new uses for their current spaces. 

The importance of the physical collection will be maintained by most for the foreseeable future. The increase use of new E-reader tools and affiliated resources, along with budgetary challenges set to continue for the foreseeable future, as well as standard constraints of limited library physical space limitations; always a factor for most library operations; will ultimately see the trend of putting fewer physical objects on library shelves. In so doing, it will mean that it will be easier for library administrators/planning personnel to present creative-use agendas that will showcase new library space venue flex-use elements thus creating a positive outcome involving the likely trend of having more vital spaces being made available for the implementation of newer library services, activities and purposes for our changing communities and public.

Libraries are transitioning as dynamic forces are in play in our society and around the world.  Though the schism continues to widen somewhat from the perspective of “library-have” and “library have-nots” location to location, the library sector as a whole continues to show powerful pockets of dynamic progress and growth; creative, innovative, and charismatic are some characteristic descriptors of these libraries located throughout the nation. The successful library of the future will be a hybrid manifestation of two linked types – a key physical location within the heart of the “community” so served and the “electronic-cyber platform” where one will interactively use the library agency and its resources effectively from any remote location. The professional career “librarian” will continue at the core of the library enterprise and the “librarian” will be among the community cornerstone partners within the framework of the general community.


The Radio Consultant

Firm professionals have developed expertise from roles as Owner/Operators of commercial radio stations and from various managerial and practitioner roles in the radio broadcasting field and in other related information/library-based agencies in the private and public sectors.  Caique ~ Mersey Community / Alliance personnel provide common sense and practical ad hoc insights, skills, and knowledge to radio stations and media companies seeking to plan new initiatives, develop strategic planning, refresh current programming or implement marketing campaigns. Radio must make changes if it hopes to endure in the 21st century. If radio is going to survive, it needs to get back to being live, local and getting involved in the community.


Business

One growing division of The Caique-Mersey Community / Alliance  manages Radio/Media/Information/Business engagements for a diverse group of private sector oriented organizations & individuals. The Caique-Mersey Community / Alliance Advisory arm strives to provide reliable and substantive  information, consulting and practical services to colleagues. 


Additional Roles

Business/Community/Private Sector Interests. Supporting progressive, creative, flexible and productive agencies and organizations as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client focused missions.

The Business Incubator: A Group Initiative. An evolving program to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies and/or non-profit/educational/public service organizations through an array of support resources and services.

The Caique-Mersey Community / Alliance “Cares.”‘Caiques Care’ ~ a diversified public service program initiative of The Caique~Mersey Community / Alliance. The “Caiques Care” ~ non-profit/public service business / real estate divisions are dedicated to strengthening and revitalizing the neighborhoods and communities that we encounter within the regions that we serve. As such, one important mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building.

Pro-bono service opportunities available to libraries, information centers, small business and non-profit/community–centric organizations. These agencies have helped open new possibilities for education, workforce development, and civic participation. They are strong community anchors that together with community organizations create a network of learning and community development within a region.

“The Caique-Mersey Advocates” works as a coalition partner with other public and private sector agencies, organizations and entities that seek to support the Library, Information, Radio, Music, Business and Public Service communities through political, economic and social education, awareness and advocacy.

The Library Beatles Fan Club / The Library Scruffs.  The public service/non-profit vehicle that brings professional people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and “The World of Radio” and “The World of Popular Culture” and “The Beatles Universe” together. Through a developing and evolving array of social media platforms, communications, library programs, exhibits, meetings, events, collectibles, music conferences, tours, and the like, The Library Beatles Fan Club: aspires to progressively promote, develop and grow to meet the rising expectations of its nascent membership base.


Our staff’s diversity lets us find the best solution for making your ideas successful.

We come from a variety of disciplines and career paths, ensuring that our approach considers all angles.


The Summary Challenge Faced:

The provision of organizational leadership for libraries, information centers, radio stations, local media outlets, small business, non-profits and the public/community service sectors involves creativity, flexibility and nontraditional thinking.  

The organizational/operational obstacles in today’s world continues to be Weak Imaginations, Threatened Interests and Culture…… 

Many organizations have ceased to have progressive operational infrastructures at work due to benign neglect and/or fear of change.  Several forces have combined to begin to shred the model in most communities and service/marketplaces in recent years. {Every community service area is different; most of the variables at play are the same.} Specifically, changes have included an evolving and expansion of new consumer information, technology and media choices, a defining societal change in how various generations view library, information, music, media, business and community and the fact that traditional economies had continued to struggle with mixed results over recent decades.

Organizational/Business-model innovation is a competency that did not exist in most organizations, agencies and companies in previous years. From library/information-centric entities to radio stations/media outlets as well as many public and private sector agencies in various service and business lines, most types of operational models worked great for many years. Generations of administrative/management leadership levels didn’t have to change them.

Not making a strategic error by turning our backs on the past and yet, not fearing future creative and progressive change, our ”Alliance Mantra” became and still is to this day--our operational bedrock: Supporting “The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “Integrate Solid Old School and Creative New School” elements into contemporary and progressive operational paradigms for our listeners, partners, clients, and communities...

Agency Administrators, Managers and Staffers can deal with evolutionary environments with one of two mindsets: one can do nothing and continue with a status-quo mentality of “doing business as it has always been done” or one can engage in a serious planning process that involves the organization & the community/marketplace in sustained smart discussions about what the organization in question could and should become.

Supporting real, progressive, creative, flexible and productive Agencies & Companies" as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client focused missions is an integral part of the philosophy.

The future is constantly unfolding, relentless, and happening whether we want it to or not. It will happen whether or not members of the library, information, radio, media, business, music, government and non-profit sectors agree to participate.

We encourage and hope that the right decisions are made. Working with a progressive framework and strategy in place is ultimately the correct and essential move. 

Every community/regional service area is most unique and so is every working agency. The smart planning process will ultimately provide the framework for all stakeholders to work together to create a functional & dynamic vision of the future and a clear understanding of its evolving role in reaching its ideal developing operational structure.

The provision of services in the roles of: Library Managers/Practitioners, Knowledge/Information Specialists, Consultants; Radio Broadcasting/Local Media Pros | Business Pros, Music Specialists, Popular Culture Insiders, Community/Public Service Leaders.

Based in the expanding “Megalopolis” region on the Mason-Dixon Line, we present a central experience with such regional communities as those located in: Greater Philadelphia–PA–NJ–DE ~ Greater Baltimore–MD–DC–VA ~ Greater New Jersey–New York–New England ~ West Coast & currently expanding into the “American Heartlands” and Canada and the United Kingdom.


The Following Concept Supported By The Caique-Mersey Community / Alliance:

 "My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.”
--Steve Jobs

Civic/Community Engagement fosters Community Revitalization as it contributes directly to community well-being.

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The Caique-Mersey Community / Alliance Kaleidoscopic Evaluation Process
The methodology
:

•Understand the current situation.

•Understand the desired performance.

•Determine the gap.

•Create a framework.
 

Our Divergent Interests:

The Community / The Alliance

The Library Beatles Fan Club / The Library Scruffs

“Caiques Care” [Public Service Initiatives]

The Library

The Information Center

The Radio Station

The Local Media Outlet

Music & Education / The Beatles

Research

Business

Public Service

Community Development

Partnerships

Events

 
Progressive library agencies, information/knowledge centers, strong radio stations, vibrant local media outlets, music/popular culture-based organizations, entrepreneurial-centric small businesses, mission-driven non-profits, responsible academic sectors, knowledgeable governmental levels, regionally-aware communities and public service/infrastructure oriented hubs of growth are some of the cornerstones of a progressive society. These potentially vibrant and progressive sectors are essential for success in this our evolving and transitioning world.


The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance: Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors are keys for the relevant and vital organization as our combined collegial partnership/engagement can help to define a community, encourage civic pride, and invest residents with a sense of ownership. These elements are at the heart and soul of a town, city, county or region and reflect the value residents, customers, stakeholders and colleagues place on education, business, culture, quality of life and freedom.

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Main Facebook

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Main Google

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Richard H. Thau: Managing Director/Team Leader

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-thau/14/3b3/469

 

Libraries, Information Centers, Radio Stations, Local Media Outlets, Community-Centric Businesses and Essential Governmental, Academic and Non-Profit Entities should be considered essential central hubs. Personnel in what should be considered vital and progressive sectors have roles that are evolving rapidly. Because they’re so connected, they’re in a unique position to facilitate collaboration.

These various agencies, organizations and companies that represent their various sectors need to continue to be key partners in sustaining the educational, economic and civic health of their respective regional communities during a time of dramatic change.

Challenges that shape the discussion about long-term sustainability given their vital roles in this evolving modern era includes ~ (A) Identifying reliable sources of revenue for daily operations as well as long-term planning and investment ~ (B) Exploring alternative governance structures and business models that maximize efficient and sustainable operations and customer service.

Cultivating leadership is necessary for long-term success. Leadership is needed across the community; these planned processes must include elected officials, government leaders, business and civic leaders.  Vision is a critical component of leadership. Every cornerstone organization, agency and public and private sector entity needs a vision and a strategic plan in order to build successful partnerships with a service area’s key players.  It must secure and merge input from all stakeholder groups in the communities / marketplaces so served.

Progressive library agencies, information/knowledge centers, strong radio stations, vibrant local media outlets, music/popular culture-based organizations, entrepreneurial-centric small businesses, mission-driven non-profits, responsible academic sectors, knowledgeable governmental levels, regionally-aware communities and public service/infrastructure oriented hubs of growth are essential for success and progress in our evolving and transitioning modern age society.

Supporting “The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “Integrate Solid Old School and Creative New School” elements into contemporary and progressive 21st Century agency and organizational paradigms for our partners, clients, and friends.

Specializations in ~ Library Agencies/Information Centers/Knowledge Agencies/Radio Station Operations/Broadcasting/Local Media Outlets/Business/Non-Profits/Music/Popular Culture/Community Partnerships & Development/Public Service.

The provision of services in the roles of: Library Managers/Practitioners, Knowledge/Information Specialists, Consultants; Radio Broadcasting/Local Media Pros | Business Pros, Music Specialists, Popular Culture Insiders, Community/Public Service Leaders.

Based in the expanding “Megalopolis” region on the Mason-Dixon Line, we present a central experience with such regional communities as those located in: Greater Philadelphia–PA–NJ–DE ~ Greater Baltimore–MD–DC–VA ~ Greater New Jersey–New York–New England ~ West Coast & currently expanding into the “American Heartlands” and Canada and the United Kingdom.

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.”
--Steve Jobs

The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance: Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sectors are keys insuring success for the relevant and vital organization as our collegial partners help define a community, encourage civic pride, and invest residents with a sense of ownership. They are at the heart and soul of a town, city, county or region and reflect the value residents place on education, business, culture, quality of life, and freedom.


Richard Thau

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-thau/14/3b3/469


Joyce Wemer

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joyce-wemer/1b/9b0/69a


Georgie Wood

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/georgie-wood/90/b94/5b9


Rita Rigby

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rita-rigby/96/947/196


Preston P. Epstein

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/preston-pete-epstein/a5/b26/54b


Bonnie Shankar

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bonnie-shankar/a5/94a/767?trk=pub-pbmap


Joey J. Speake

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joey-j-speake-b584b410a


Anna M. Desmond

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-m-desmond-24272b114


Billy Garston

https://www.linkedin.com/in/billy-garston-81451411b  


Stella Woolton

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stella-woolton-700782120



Sadie Maxwell


https://www.linkedin.com/in/sadie-maxwell-2374bb119



Ezekiel Edwin Rutle


https://www.linkedin.com/in/ezekiel-edwin-rutle-7b97b7131




​​Today's Caique~Mersey Community and Alliance:  Serving The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Sector's origins began to formally evolve soon after having absorbed resource elements of Mid Maine Media, Inc.: 1995-2001 ~ A New England-based media company that had interests in Broadcasting, Information, Advertising, Community Partnerships, Public Service & Community Development. 

The new fledgling firm initially was referred to as The Caique-Group until 2010.

 


The Caique-Mersey Group second generation growth cycle began in 2010. 



In 2016, the present operational and organizational structure began its third dynamic evolutionary period and was rebooted as

The Caique~Mersey Community and Alliance.


The Caique-Mersey Commmunity and Alliance 'Staff and Firm' presents a vibrant experience-base with a diverse grouping of geographically-unique library, information, media & business communities. Based on the East Coast/USA, the vital “Megalopolis” region on the historical Mason-Dixon Line, we present a central experience with such regional communities as those located in: Greater Philadelphia–PA–NJ–DE ~~ Greater Baltimore–MD–DC–VA ~~ Greater New Jersey–New York–New England~~Washington State to Arizona & currently expanding into the North American Heartland--from the 'Gulf to Canada;'​ from the 'Atlantic to the Pacific.'​ and into the United Kingdom.



An evolving “Boutique Service Firm; An Expanding Professional Services Hub.



We endeavor to support and partner with progressive, creative, flexible and productive, agencies and companies aiming to showcase themselves as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client/community/regionally focused missions providing essential and progressive services and resources.



 Partnerships help define a community/region to encourage civic pride & invest residents with a sense of ownership.  Evolving and transitioning Organizations, Agencies and Companies that we work with are creative and fearless as all recognize that dynamic forces are in play within our towns, boroughs, cities, counties and regions and around the world. 
 

A Look Back At Mid-Maine Media/WDME Radio:


At the core of the company, WDME Radio had a recognizable broadcasting history in Central and Northern Maine. Noted for its unique mix of music, news, information, and sports, D-103 strived to be known as the “hometown radio station for the region.”


As a full service radio station/media/information company, this broadcast entity served Central & Northern Maine's hometowns & provided a wide range of media elements to communities located within the Greater-Bangor region of Maine.



The company had interests in Broadcasting, Information, Advertising, Community Partnerships, Community Development & Public Service.



The core:


”Central and Northern Maine’s hometown radio station" was licensed to the County seat of Piscataquis, an area larger than Connecticut.


The firm also strived to serve Penobscot County which included Dexter, Newport & Greater Bangor and adjacent areas in Somerset (Pittsfield), Hancock (Bucksport), and Waldo (Winterport) Counties.



Under the leadership of Richard Thau and Joyce Wemer, Mid-Maine Media/WDME Radio espoused that commercial/terrestrial radio had a responsibility to meet the needs of people and the communities in which they lived.



Highlights:



-The "Mid-Maine Matters" program with Richard Thau was an information-based show which aired daily.



-Joyce Wemer produced and hosted the program: “Mainely the Beatles” which aired on a weekly basis. This program/radio series was to be syndicated for a limited durational run and ultimately would receive a national award.




The Retrospective Mid-Maine Media/WDME Radio Operational Review:

https://sites.google.com/site/radiorichardthaujoycewemer/




The Caique-Mersey Community & Alliance

Richard Thau: Managing Director / Lead Team Leader

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-thau/14/3b3/469

http://www.linkedin.com/company/the-caique-mersey-group

The Presentation: Extensive backgrounds working with geographically diverse groups of unique library, information, and media communities nationwide.

Progressive & Creative: The provision of services in the roles of: Library Managers/Practitioners, Knowledge/Information Specialists, Consultants; Radio Broadcasting/Local Media Pros | Business Pros, Music Specialists, Popular Culture Insiders, Community/Public Service Leaders.

​Career Library Directors, Managers, Practitioners, Educators, Advocates, Consultants; Radio Industry Business Persons/Broadcasters; Business Professionals:

 The Team: Extensive backgrounds working with a geographically diverse group of unique library, information, and media communities.

 An evolving “Boutique Service Firm; An Expanding Professional Services Hub.

We endeavor to support and partner with progressive, creative, flexible and productive, agencies and companies aiming to showcase themselves as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client/community/regionally focused missions providing essential and progressive services and resources.

 Partnerships help define a community/region to encourage civic pride & invest residents with a sense of ownership.  Evolving and transitioning Organizations, Agencies and Companies that we work with are creative and fearless as all recognize that dynamic forces are in play within our towns, boroughs, cities, counties and regions and around the world

 Join with the evolving Caique-Mersey Community and Alliance in this effort for Civic/Community/Regional Engagement fosters Revitalization as it Contributes Directly to Societal Strength.

 Fostering Proud Associations with The Library Community, The Radio-Broadcasting Community, The Business Community and The Public Service - Community Partnership - Regional Development Sector: Cornerstones of the Political, Economic and Social Fabric of Society.

“My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.” --Steve Jobs

Supporting“ The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “Integrate Solid Old School and Creative New School” elements into contemporary and progressive 21st Century agency and organizational paradigms for our partners, clients, and friends.

An Expanding Professional Services Hub:

 -The Library & Information Sector

 -Business: The Private Sector

 -Governmental/ Non-Profit Sector

 -Professional Services/Organizational Operations

 -Academia: The Education Sector

 -Research/Knowledge Services

-Staffing/Training/Sector Presentations

 -Radio Station / Radio Broadcasting / Local Media

-Public Service/Community/Regional Development



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Organizational leadership and operational services for libraries, information centers, radio stations, local media outlets, small business, non-profits and the public/community service sectors involves creativity, flexibility and nontraditional thinking.  The Caique-Mersey Community and Alliance framework utilizes our “Kaleidoscopic Evaluation Process” when tackling today’s challenging and contemporary organizational and operational issues during our engagements and projects for our clients, colleagues and friends. Our mantra: Understand the current situation. Understand the desired performance. Determine the gap. Create a framework.       

                                                                ​FormerlyThe Caique~Group 1990-2010 ~ The Caique~Mersey Group 2010-2016 

       WELCOME TO THE CAIQUE~MERSEY COMMUNITY & ALLIANCE.

 FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE EVOLUTIONARY WORLD OF THE LIBRARY, INFORMATION, RADIO, MUSIC AND BUSINESS SERVICE SECTORS.

The Caique~Mersey Community and Alliance: Providing Organizational Leadership and Operational Services For Libraries, Information Centers, Radio Stations, Local Media Outlets, Businesses, Regional Communities, Academia, Governments and Non-Profits. Richard Thau, Managing Director and Team Leader.