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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Rural Resources and Funding: The Rural Information Center

 Webinar / Last Modified: 14 August 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.

Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 03 August 2017

On May 20, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) hosted the fifth annual Bike the Branches event, a day-long bike ride through BPL's 60-branch system, including a race for both amateurs and professionals, self-guided tours for the more leisurely bikers, and ...

The Small Community Advantage in Library Fundraising

 News / Last Modified: 05 July 2017

Through the WebJunction webinar, Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library, Sue Hall, Director of Library Strategies, reminds us that small libraries can benefit from the "small community advantage" where persona...

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 ...