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ERIC Number: ED515955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 280
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8389-1075-7
The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times
Smallwood, Carol, Ed.
ALA Editions
Fewer employees, shorter hours, diminished collection budgets, reduced programs and services--all at a time of record library usage. In this book, library expert Carol Smallwood demonstrates that despite the obvious downsides, the necessity of doing business differently can be positive, leading to partnering, sharing, and innovating. This collection speaks to universal concerns, presenting creative and resourceful solutions from dozens of librarians representing a wide variety of institutions. The "Frugal Librarian" helps library professionals: (1) Find supplementary funding sources, including grants; (2) Save money by sharing resources, using tiered staffing for technical services, and implementing green IT; (3) Tap into grassroots movements to save neighborhood libraries; and (4) Preserve and enhance important library functions like programming, outreach, and staff development, despite a tight budget. This book offers plenty of ideas that can be implemented immediately. The book is divided into the following Parts: Part I, Helping Patrons Job Search, contains: (1) Knowledge-Based Job Hunting and Interview Preparation (Michael A. Germano); and (2) Start Your Job Search Here (Jason Kuhl); Part II, Librarian Survival, presents: (3) Entrepreneurs in the Library: How an Entrepreneurial Spirit Expanded the Patron Base and Elevated Its Political Standing (James Lund); (4) Laid Off? Here's One Way to Land on Your Feet (J. James Mancuso); (5) Low- and No-Cost Development Opportunities for Librarians (Colleen S. Harris); (6) Online Resources in Michigan: A School Librarian Survives Hard Times (Margaret Lincoln). Part III, Grants, continues with: (7) Grant Proposals for the Working Librarian: From Idea to Implementation (Lois Stickell and Lisa Nickel); (8) Tools for Grant Searching (Victoria Lynn Packard); and (9) Writing Grant Proposals for Diverse Populations (Vandella Brown). (4) Part IV, Programming, includes: (10) Creating and Sustaining Community-Focused Programs (Wayne Finley and Joanna Kluever); and (11) Nothing to Lose: Creative Programming for the Frugal Librarian (Lisa A. Forrest). Part V, Sharing, includes: (12) Increasing Resources in Tough Times: A New Funding Model for the Purdue University Career Wiki (George Bergstrom and Mary Dugan); (13) Innovating and Saving with Joint-Use Libraries (Emily Dill); (14) Multitype Regional Library Responses to the Economic Crisis (Tom Taylor); (15) Museum Passes: A Low-Cost, High-Impact Partnership (Rebecca Tuck and Lisa Fraser); and (16) Saving by Sharing: Using Open-Source and Shared Catalogs to Do More with Less (John Helling). Part VI, Management, presents: (17) Bringing the Outside Back In: Creative and Cost-Effective Outreach Strategies (Kacy Vega and Kim Becnel); (18) Cost Factors in Digital Projects: A Model Useful in Other Applications (Lisa L. Crane); (19) Data-Driven Cancellation Decisions (Leslie Farison); (20) Green Information Technology Saves Money, Saves Resources (Sarah Passonneau); (21) Managing Staff Stress during Budget Crises: Lessons for Library Managers (Colleen S. Harris and Mary Chimato), and (22) Student Assistants: Maximize Effectiveness through Coordinated Training (Ken Johnson and Sue Hisle). Part VII, On-the-Job Success, contains: (23) Bidding Service Contracts in Public Libraries (Tom Cooper); (24) Digital Projects on a Shoestring (Emily Asch); (25) Developing Partnerships for Added Value (Aline Soules and Sarah Nielsen); (26) Organizing in the Streets and in the Stacks: A Grassroots Movement Saves Neighborhood Libraries (Edgar C. Bailey Jr.); (27) Turning Gifts and Discards into Gold (Robert Holley); and (28) A Small School Library Meets the Economic Challenge (Colleen Driscoll). Part VIII, Staffing, presents: (29) Leveraging Internal Resources to Fill Library Staff Shortages Temporarily (Marwin Britto); (30) Making Good by Making Do: Using Student Staff to Drive Library Technology Innovation (Gwen Evans); (31) Tiered Staffing for Technical Services (Mary S. Laskowski and Fang Huang Gao); (32) We're All in This Together: Solutions for Creative Staffing (Heidi Blackburn and Erin Davis). Part IX, Professional Development, includes: (33) Building Sustainable Professional Development Opportunities in Technology Literacy (Marwin Britto) and (34) $40 A Day, or Attending Library Conferences on the Cheap (Regina Koury).
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association