For immediate release | December 9, 2010

A game plan for winning library grants

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the publication of “Winning Library Grants: A Game Plan,” by Herbert B. Landau. Tightening budgets and ever-shrinking sources for funding have made winning grants more important than ever before. For both newbies taking on the process for the first time and experienced administrators looking to shore up finances, this book will help readers find the dollars every library needs. Landau, the author of “The Small Public Library Survival Guide” and an experienced marketer and manager, offers a practical and comprehensive manual that guides readers through grant fundamentals. His game plan will help readers:

  • Find relevant funders by analyzing eligibility criteria;
  • Write and prepare grant applications using the winning examples included and evaluate outcomes to pave the way for success with future proposals;
  • Increase their chances for success by using additional tactics, such as pre- and post-submission marketing, to “sell” their institution to a funder.
The book is also available as part of a print/e-book bundle.
Landau is executive director of the Lancaster Public Library of Lancaster, Pa. While in his previous position as director of the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy, Pa., that library received the AARP’s Award of Excellence for Services to Seniors and was a Pennsylvania Not-For-Profit Innovation Awards Contest finalist. It was also named the 2006 Best Small Library in America by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Rob Christopher