Taking the Fear Out of Library Budget Presentations
By Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director
Welcome to the Library Budget Presentation website!
Creating and presenting a library budget is not just a matter of assigning numbers to line items on an Excel spreadsheet and presenting it to a group of officials. Far from it!!! Library budgeting is an ongoing activity, with many parts and many people involved. It is a cyclical process of listening to the community, working with decision-makers, telling compelling stories about your library – and bringing all these elements together in a budget presentation….and then starting all over again.
The purpose of this website is to give you tools, examples and perspectives to make presenting a library budget easier, and to help make your budget presentations more compelling..
In creating this website, we have tapped into the wisdom of veteran librarians with years of experience drafting and presenting budgets in “good times and tough economic times”. The examples offered in this website are from “real budgets”. We have included everything from a Glossary of Terms for those new to library budgeting to the “Do’s and Don’ts of Making a Budget Presentation”. There is a great feature on library budget presentations from the perspective of a decision-maker with years of experience listening to presentations and helping librarians hone their budgeting skills.
ALA is committed to giving its members practical information and tools to help them do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. This is your website - if you have ideas for other features or examples that would help you and others make better, stronger budget presentations - let us know.