Thursday, January 13, 2005

100 Free Money Sources for Libraries.

100 Free Money Sources for Libraries. I am sure many of you have seen or heard of Matthew Lesko. He is that goofy guy that gets on TV dressed like the Riddler shouting about how you can get free money from the government. Well, he has created a free guide for libraries with 100 ideas for getting funding. Much to my surprise, this site is good!

From the site:

In our information age, the library is one of the most important buildings in our community. The information, resources, and great works of literature held between its walls are the keys that open the doors to imagination, possibilities and answers to life’s complicated questions. But like all public service agencies across the country, libraries are hurting. Budget cuts are whittling down hours of service; training funds are being slashed; technology is becoming outdated. But all of this doesn’t stop the people from using the library.

Libraries provide necessary services such as family reading programs, access to electronic resources, training in new technology, summer reading, services to seniors and the disabled, and more. The library of today is not just a provider of books; instead, the library coordinates a complete and comprehensive approach to community development and services. According to Diantha Schull, president of the Americans for Libraries Council, “Today [libraries] have become more, not less, central to life in our information-based society. Libraries are uniquely positioned to address national concerns about literacy, educational achievement and lifelong learning. Yet without adequate funding and support at the local, state and federal levels, and without advocacy from all sectors of society, libraries and the services they provide cannot meet these national challenges.”

How are libraries addressing funding concerns? They are lobbying the legislators; they are starting affiliate programs with online book merchants to receive part of the sales; they are renting out meeting room space; Friends of Library programs are becoming more active. And all are taking advantage of private and government grants to help their libraries stay up-to-date with training and technology, as well as providing innovative programs and services to fulfill the needs of their own communities. How can your library join in? To get you started we have compiled a listing of 100 grant opportunities for libraries. These are just the tip of the iceberg. Once you start digging, you will be surprised at what you uncover.

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