Navigating a Challenging Budget Year

August 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Your Library and its Community

Your library, at its essence, is a community place. It is something special to everyone in your community who uses it, and even to those who don’t. In 2009, over 25 million Americans reported using their library more than 20 times in the last year.

Every librarian knows that funding is under threat for libraries in communities of all sizes and all across the nation. Unfortunately, these budget reductions are occurring at a time when customer demand for library services is increasing. Every library is potentially in the crosshairs. As a library director or manager, what can you do about it?

Start here. While every library’s situation has its own complexities, this guide to <Navigating a Challenging Budget Year will provide a good foundation to help you navigate your challenging budget year. It will prove especially helpful to library directors and mangers of small-to-medium sized public libraries, if you’re not a public librarian don’t stop reading . Much of the information contained in this guide is applicable to other kinds of libraries too – academic, school and special libraries.

There are great advocacy ideas everywhere. ALA’s website is rich in resources

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Entry filed under: Advocacy, budget issues.

IMPORTANCE OF SUMMER READING: public libraries play a significant role in helping to close the achievement gap in school performance. State Library Agencies Survey

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