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ERIC Number: EJ878708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Six Preparedness Strategies for Librarians in Tough Economic Times
MacKellar, Pamela
Computers in Libraries, v30 n3 p12-17 Apr 2010
It is no secret that library budgets are in a downward spiral like the rest of the economy. The recent annual budget survey by the "Library Journal" indicates that per capita funding for libraries will decline 1.6%, and total library budgets will be reduced by 2.6% in FY 2010. Librarians are all too familiar with this bad news, and some of them have been advised to employ defensive tactics. This article presents six strategies that will help librarians make informed decisions, be proactive, position themselves and their library ahead of the curve, and prepare for the opportunities that will come their way. The six preparedness strategies are: (1) Have one's library's strategic plan in place; (2) Know one's community; (3) Partner, collaborate, and participate; (4) Follow local funding trends; (5) Stay informed about new funding opportunities; and (6) Keep learning about grants and proposal writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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