Libraries always need support in terms of funds, resources and staff. And with the global health crisis, they are challenged even more to upgrade their digital presence and services, as well as create new ways of supporting current programs and services. When the pandemic ends (yes, I am assuming it will even though it doesn’t feel like it these days!), our communities will be challenged to pay for the extra services (testing stations, teachers….) they had to provide, find a bigger tax base as many restaurants and businesses may not survive, etc.

A few years ago, I planned a full day of sessions on fundraising, grants and securing more resources for libraries. It was not very well attended. I was surprised.

As I mentioned in an earlier post about last month’s Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian Connect , Kristin Delwo, VP, Ebsco observed that libraries are not only creative but during the pandemic are really innovative in their communities! One such innovative practice came from Alex Clifton who initiated a membership model for the library and it’s related parts (theater, restaurant) at Storyhouse giving perks for 4Euros membership — they raised 200KEuros very quickly from their community! We know from Pew Research that communities love libraries in the US, so why not try this model in your community?

If we build it, will you come?

There are many ways to pursue additional funding through grants, partnerships, and other creative ways.  Do you want to hear more on this topic?  Should I develop sessions with presenters experienced in ways to support your library’s revenue or bottom-line? Funding will be a tough topic as we deal with the economic aftermath of the pandemic in our communities.  Do you want to know more about what others are doing or how to approach this differently?