ALA Budget Resources

Tips and tools to help library supporters make the case for libraries in tough economic times.
This fact sheet is designed to serve a variety of interests. Whether you are looking to fund a large, one-time project or to form lasting connections with the community at large that will generate future dividends, these sources will be valuable tools.
ALA Library Fact Sheet with a selective listing of resources for determining the costs of running various types of libraries.
This resource page was developed to give ALA Member Leaders information about the overall budget process.
The ALA online store provides a section on budgeting issues.
Because libraries are information and research centers, they can support a huge variety of grant funding initiatives outside their own purview. Cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions are untapped resources for library funds.
Participants in this YALSA e-course will learn a two pronged approach to building and growing a young adult services budget.
The only book of its kind, this step-by-step guide focuses on accounting methods that fit the nonprofit world.
Managing for Results requires librarians to take a proactive approach to marshaling and managing all of the library’s resources effectively. Using this planning guide, librarians will be able to identify their key resources, make choices among different priorities, and assign resources to achieve results.
Online social media software, which are commonplace tools for interacting with library patrons, can also be used effectively for communication, supervision and project management within a library department. This webinar outlines in detail an innovative online management and communication system created by the Digital Services Department at the University of Houston.
In addition to the skills acquired in obtaining an MLS, librarians also need administration and management skills.
Links to the ALA Strategic Plan and a page describing how the ALA budget is developed and implemented.
In this ACRL e-Learning course, learn essential budgeting skills, including how to develop and manage a budget and how to write a persuasive budget request.
This guide to grant writing could make the difference between maintaining or cutting services, especially at a time when no institution is immune from the budget crunch.
This article addresses some of the important actions taken by librarians, publishers and vendors to cope with changes forced by both the economy and budget pressures, by the continued migration of scholarly resources to electronic formats, and by current and planned eBook activities and new eBooks models.
This collection speaks to universal concerns, presenting creative and resourceful solutions to survive these tough economic times
This course will cover understanding library funding, spending decisions, financial reports, and more.
In an age of dwindling budgets and rising expectations, librarians must constantly be on the lookout for inexpensive ways to improve their libraries. This three-part interactive workshop will equip librarians with inventive strategies for enhancing their library’s atmosphere at minimal to no cost. Firstly, the presentation will recount how—with the help of eager student volunteers—I was able to re-design, re-shelve, and reinvigorate Willoughby South High’s library to create an organized and aesthetically pleasing information commons.
The presenter for this session shows ways to use Excel to compile, organize, and evaluate data for planning with a reduced budget.
This course will introduce participants to the grant process from beginning to end with an emphasis on planning successful grant projects, funding sources for libraries, researching grant opportunities, proposal writing basics, and grant-winning tips and techniques useful for all types of librarians.
Herbert B. Landau offers a practical and comprehensive manual that guides you through grant fundamentals.