Administrative and Management Skills

Virtual Giving Campaigns

Libraries big and small need the support of their communities. In pre-COVID times, fundraising could run the gamut from a book sale to a large Gala with a keynote author. This is yet another area where libraries have had to pivot to the “new normal”.  Cindy Sharek, Director of Donor Relations for the King County Library System Foundation, shares how they’ve adapted.  How are you using Virtual Campaigns?  The KCLS Foundation participates every year in three giving days.  Library Giving Day (April 23) GiveBig (May 5-6) Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) In 2020, these were even more important to our fundraising for the year. All three were virtual and we had great results. We used email campaigns, social media posts, and direct mail to spread the word. We were able to put together a strong match pool for Library Giving Day and raised over $110,000 between GiveBig and Library Giving Day….

Blogger AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant is now live!

It’s grant writing time, and for many public libraries, grants are the main driver of funding for new and existing programs. It’s a stressful time, both for those writing the grants, and those awarding them. The best advice I can give is to be selective! Research what grants are available to you, and make sure what you’re asking for fits the selection criteria of the grant being awarded. Once you’ve identified a grant that matches your needs, review previous grant winners to see if you can identify what made that winning program stand out from the rest of the applicants. Also, work with your program staff to be sure your information is up to date and relevant. Avoid rhetoric and hyperbole. Try to provide anecdotes and testimonies that demonstrate need or previous success. Be specific about outputs and outcomes. The proposal should explicitly state expected practical, tangible outputs. Don’t be…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Advocate for libraries, today! #vlld14

Today kicks off first day of National Library Legislative Day and your ALSC Advocacy and Legislative Committee has made it easier than ever this year for YOU to participate from home! Explore the Everyday Advocacy website to find fantastic resources so you can tell law makers why libraries are important to your community. Find talking points and contact information so you can tell your Congressmen and Senator what libraries are doing in their own district. Download and personalize a letter template to send to your lawmakers asking them to support library funding through LSTA, Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), and other important bills. The website also has ready to go tweets like the ones found below that allow you to just click and tweet! Tweet 1: It pays 2 support #libraries! Investment in libraries = investment in education & lifelong learning #VLLD14 Tweet 2: Using <2% of tax dollars #libraries…