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Sonya Schryer Norris

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In 2022, I hung out my shingle as Plum Librarian LLC after wrapping up 22 great years with the Library of Michigan.

I work to figure out what library staff need, and get it to them. I leverage 16 years as a consultant in statewide services to help libraries get to What’s Next for them.


“I sure enjoyed working with you over the years.You made me such a more knowledgeable librarian and I will be ever grateful for your assistance.

–LJ, Salem Township Library

What’s it like to work with me at Plum Librarian LLC?

Jared Oates, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Niche Academy

Sonya Norris has been a cherished ally for years now. Her instructional design work has been exceptional and the impact for learners across two states has been measurable and dramatic. She has been a thoughtful and consistent contributor to the evolution of Niche Academy as well. She has pushed the boundaries of the platform and we’re better for it. She has been a welcome collaborator and a reliable touchstone for the quality of our own work. I can recommend Sonya’s work and Sonya herself without reservation or qualification.

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Andrew Sanderbeck of PCI Webinars

Sonya’s expertise in Niche Academy and the interaction with the Articulate platform to create the Front Line Customer Service program for our clients which has received rave reviews for interactivity, navigation and the overall learning experience. Further, working with Sonya has been a positive and pleasurable experience as she is timely in her…

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California Libraries Learn

As a Project Coordinator, Sonya was instrumental in the start-up of the state-wide continuing education program California Libraries Learn (CALL). Using her expertise and knowledge of Niche Academy, she helped us curate and create the relevant self-paced content for our audience, and established protocols and systems for ongoing maintenance and organization.  In addition…

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Alan Runyan, CEO and President, Enfold Systems

Sonya Schryer Norris was a valued state library partner for over ten years. She managed the Ploud program in Michigan and trained library staff to operate their Ploud websites. In all, she trained over 300 staff at over 150 libraries – half of the small and rural libraries in Michigan’s lower peninsula and…

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Liz Breed, Assistant Director, Jackson District Library

Sonya is an expert project manager. She served as the co-leader of the Library of Michigan’s (LM) Instructional Design team and as a project manager on the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) team. Sonya has proactively taken on the management and development of LM’s subscription to Niche Academy and her efforts have really made our…

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Laurie DeYoung, Vice President of King Media

Sonya quickly brought our team up to speed on the important principles of instructional design, including accessibility in online learning modules and the importance of delivering material in accordance with best practices for adult learners. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, graciously sharing her expertise and empowering those around her to…

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