The best advice is often the most obvious but also the hardest to implement: Focus on implementing one fundraising strategy at a time. Once you develop and can maintain a healthy rhythm for fundraising, you can begin incorporating more strategies over time based on your library’s capacity. Before you know it, you’ll have built several sustainable streams of revenue your library can count on.
Libraries are funded through a wide combination of revenue sources, including local taxes, nonprofit and for-profit grants, and individual donors. Public funding has always been the primary source of operating revenue for libraries. However, smart library leaders should explore alternative ways to supplement public funding to experiment and build capacity. Here are five proven effective ways for libraries to connect with donors now.
Requirements to become a librarian or library worker in a public library vary by state. Find out all the up-to-date information you need to get started here.
If you are wondering what it takes to become a school librarian, we have compiled a comprehensive guide to state certification requirements with current links.
The new whitepaper "School Libraries and the COVID Slide" from the EveryLibrary Institute looks closely at how school library programs staffed by certified school librarians can help stand in new education gaps during COVID disruptions.
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The COVID-era challenges to library funding are just starting to come into focus. From school funding cuts to austerity budgets for states and municipalities, the economic shocks will be real and significant. These organizations and associations need resources to advance their local legislative and advocacy priorities, and libraries need to be seen and funded for what they are — solutions to the real problems threatening literacy, economic prosperity, and equity.
The rapid shift by public libraries to digital, online, and virtual services during COVID must be measured and reported in order to create new advocacy narratives and budget justifications for the coming budget crisis.
The library industry is under threat from a number of major crises simultaneously during these uncertain times, particularly the loss of financial and voter support. The COVID-19 crisis has decimated the fundamental municipal tax base that funds school and public libraries. Even libraries that were doing well before the crisis may be facing new challenges. Without community support, libraries will continue to drastically lose funding in the coming years.
COVID19 has presented public libraries with a unique set of challenges -- libraries across the country closed their doors and/or restricted/limited access to their spaces. As such, traditional measures of library value and usage (the ones that required in-library visitations) came to a grinding halt. For example physical reference questions have become remote reference questions and programs are being delivered via video conferencing software.