Data-Driven Library Budgeting

Thursday, 4/5/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

Building a budget is a perennial administrative challenge. Yet an academic library’s budget and expenditures demonstrate its accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability to its institution. Explore how and what kinds of readily available data can be used to improve and strengthen the budgeting process. Learn how data elements created by expenditures can be used for future budgets and to illustrate impact of the library to stakeholders. Find out how can you use data to effectively tell your library’s story and advocate for budgetary support.

Learning Outcomes

  • Undertand why data is needed to build a budget.
  • Be able to identify the fundamental data needed to create any budget and how data can be used to monitor budgets.
  • Learn how to use data to support budgeting for an academic library infrastructure needs (collections, facility, staffing, technologies)
  • Appreciate how data derived from expenditures can be used for benchmarking, demonstrating support for the institutional goals, and communicating value to stakeholders.

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians, administrators, those interested in budgeting and the budget process


Robert Dugan, Dean of Libraries, University of West Florida



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

    • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the monthly headings.
    • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
    • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

    Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

    Tech Requirements

    ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


    If you have a question about this e-Learning event or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (