Tag Archives: funding

ICMA Report on Public Libraries

With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International City/County Management Association just issued a new report, Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library.  For the quick conclusions (and a great checklist to make sure your library is … Continue reading

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Engaging Patrons Online

The recent Library Journal article on the Anythink Libraries (also see my post on their PLA session in March) prompted me to visit their website to see how that had been revolutionized.  I liked the “word board” which gives an … Continue reading

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No Buns or Shushing Here! Stereotypes and Library Funding

Dr. Marie Radford, chair of our upcoming Reference Renaissance 2010 conference, blogged about why librarian/library stereotypes are harmful.  I think she’s completely right that we need to lose our sense of humor and patience with these images.  As she says, … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf and Out of the Library

Marshall Shore gave a free webinar for Infopeople back on February 16, Off The Shelf: Looking Beyond Libraries for Innovation and Inspiration, and I finally got a chance to view it.  The premise was that there’s plenty of free training … Continue reading

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Government Funding and Your Library

At that advocacy training I discussed in my last post, we also covered local government spending. The speaker pointed out that when voters show up at local government meetings or contact their legislators, it really does influence elected officials.  They’d … Continue reading

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Four Branches Closing in Aurora

We had some very disappointing news locally from this week’s election.  Aurora, the city where BCR is located, lost its bid to create a general improvement district which would have given the library dedicated funding.  As their budget will be … Continue reading

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ALA Summer 2009

Well ALA Summer 2009 is over, and once again I didn’t get to all the sessions I wanted to go to, but a few of the sessions are available for online viewing if you registered.  It’s always frustrating to have … Continue reading

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Another Threat to Library Funding

So many libraries and librarians are so very frugal.  They are careful to stay within their budgets, not ask for too much, supplement operating expenses with grants, donations and volunteers and keep salaries low.  When times are bad they accept … Continue reading

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Advocacy Article

There have been so many articles supporting libraries lately, but this one from Kenneth C. Davis (of the Don’t Know Much About _____ books) really does a wonderful job of making our case. Thanks to Linda Tillson for posting this … Continue reading

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The Future of Public Library Funding

I sat in on a very depressing audio conference from the Urban Libraries Council this Wednesday, The Future of Public Funding.    We all know the demand for our services is increasing exponentially in the current economic climate.  Unemployed customers … Continue reading

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