Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants

Synopsis

A comprehensive book that covers the full spectrum of the grant process, "Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants" is designed to provide all the information necessary for librarians and educators to become effective members of grant-development and management teams. Written in an easy-to-understand, succinct format, it will be invaluable even for those with little or no background knowledge and regardless of the size or type of library or information center.

Recognizing that grants are developed through a sequential process, the volume focuses on the fundamental components of grant planning, grant writing, and grant management. Readers will learn to identify potential federal and state funding sources, organize and manage the proposal development process, do research, and establish and encourage participation on local development teams. They will also learn about specific aspects of grant management, such as budget and finance monitoring; hiring; research compliance and policies; sub-agreements and partnership forms; and reporting requirements.

Excerpt

Success in writing and winning grants comes through practice-based effort, sustained enthusiasm, tenacity, and a commitment to turn temporary setbacks (i.e., proposal rejections) into renewed efforts and grant awards. Few educators or librarians begin their professional careers prepared to participate in the grant seeking process. As their careers evolve, they recognize and understand economic realities. Without supplemental funding, schools and their media centers are often forced to choose between essential and desirable programs. Consequently, the importance of identifying and securing supplemental financial resources increases as tax revenues, formuladriven state support, and mandated monies decrease. Challenged to pay for a portion of programs and services with non-institutional funds, including their own paychecks, educators and media specialists seek supplemental funding. Their dedication to students’ academic and personal successes frequently drives them to investigate the grant-making process. This interest may begin during professional development sessions, conferences, or sitebased committee work. Or interest can begin in response to an administrator’s decision to seek additional funds.

Larger public, academic, and specialized libraries have historically participated in the writing and winning of grants. However, as school media centers increase institutional participation in the grant arena, staff predictably lack resources and expertise required to compete with their larger colleagues. Novice grant writers seek opportunities to gain knowledge about funding and grantors, “best practices” research, and writing skills. They need encouragement to manage proposal development, project design . . .

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