Budgets & Funding

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The budget is the backbone of library operations, pulling together short-, medium-, and long-range goals, all of which help to fulfill the organization's vision and mission. This section is dedicated to helping you find funding resources and work to secure a stable and sufficient budget, including how to work with local officials and make a clear case for funding needs.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are available for free in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Budget Presentation Template

 Document / Last Modified: 07 June 2017

The State Library of Iowa developed a great set of tools called Telling the Library Story. This budget presentation template can get you on your way to creating a great presentation and advocating for your library.

Small Libraries, Big Community

 News / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

With travel costs high and libraries busier than ever, library staff are using online technologies to connect and learn. Over 300 librarians attended the February 28, 2013, free one-day online conference, Big Talk From Small Libraries, aimed at libra...

2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries

 Webinar / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

This webinar will explore the future of libraries and potential ideas for the second Knight News Challenge on Libraries.

Knight News Challenge Wants to Support Your Big Ideas

 News / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

The Knight News Challenge on Libraries will launch on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of their communities. The challenge is ...

Rural Resources and Funding: The Rural Information Center

 Webinar / Last Modified: 04 May 2017

This webinar showcases information and resources from the Rural Information Center made available to libraries and other organizations working to maintain the vitality of America's rural communities.

Building Rural Prosperity with the Rural Information Center

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

Perhaps especially in rural communities, libraries provide key points of connection with the broader world, serving as windows on faraway places, other cultures, and diverse perspectives. But libraries can also help deepen our ties to the places we l...