ERIC Number: EJ914333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Tactics for Tough Budget Times
Martin, Ann M.
Library Media Connection, v29 n4 p24-25 Jan-Feb 2011
How does one maintain high goals for instruction with dwindling funds? On a district level, the ability to do more with less is just not possible. It is the capability to reposition available resources that achieves critical goals. One way to visualize this concept is to think of a stretched elastic band. When that band is extended, it changes its shape to achieve different functions. So, to deliver more value for district dollars, it is necessary to stretch available funds by changing purchasing decisions. To maximize one's budget allocation one needs to prioritize, shop the best buy, and find funding support from additional sources. In a sense one is recreating purchasing power by using alternative solutions and innovative techniques to meet user demands. The author suggests to visualize how the funds, though less, can be optimized to effectively meet libraries' operational and instructional goals.
Descriptors: Budgeting, Purchasing, Resource Allocation, School Districts, School Libraries, Decision Making, Contracts, Financial Support, Retrenchment, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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