Financial Management and Budgeting for Librarians eCourse

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/30/2016


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Financial Management and Budgeting for Librarians. Sean Gaffney will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on October 3, 2016.

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Understand what types of revenue opportunities are available to libraries—public, academic and special
  • Understand the definition of a budget and how budgets are developed and modified
  • Understand how both internal and external factors lead libraries to change their budgets
  • Have knowledge of tools and resources that you can use after the course to continue expanding your knowledge

Managing a budget and handling basic financial literacy can be daunting and overwhelming, but the ability to do so is crucial for librarians. In this course, Sean Gaffney, librarian and financial analyst, will guide you through concepts like revenue models, budgets types, internal controls, resource allocation, financial planning, acquiring outside resources, and more!

You will gain an understanding of both the theory and practice behind strategic financial resource management; and learn about how these concepts relate to leadership, management, and overall strategic planning. You’ll also walk away from this course with an understanding of budgeting and finance as well as the tools to expand your knowledge on your own and how to put it into practice at your library.

This course includes discussion questions between Sean Gaffney and other participants, which is a great way to learn by hearing others’ questions and perspectives. It also includes an optional paper.

Now, who is ready to learn about financial management?

eCourse outline

Week 1: Revenues and other sources of funds
Week 2: Budgeting and Types of budgets
Week 3: Developing and tracking budgets
Week 4: Strategic financial planning and other topics

About the Instructor

Sean Gaffney is a Manager in the Research and Analysis team at PwC. Prior to joining PwC, Sean worked for Archer Daniels Midland in a variety of roles, including Head Research Librarian, Manager of Information Services and Senior Information Scientist. He holds an MBA in Accounting from Saint Leo University, an MLIS from Kent State University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in LIS from the University of Illinois. Sean has been a Part-time Faculty member at San Jose State University’s School of Information since 2008 and has taught several CPE courses for SLA.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on October 3, 2016, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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