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June 2012: Fundraising to Improve Your Budget

This issue focuses on the theme of fundraising, a critical piece in keeping your library fiscally healthy. Included are strategies and best practices for how and when to make your ‘ask’ for some experts in the field.

Coming up in July, we also will be offering two programs to help you market your library.  The first will be "Bite-Sized Marketing" and the second "Getting your Message Out." You may attend one or both!  Click here for more information and to register!

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A Message from the President...

June 2012 e-Bulletin President’s Report, from Matt Bollerman

Digital content seems to be in the forefront of many in libraryland these days, and NYLA is trying to help. In February, a letter was sent to the New York State Attorney General asking them to look into the way digital content is being sold to libraries. A meeting is scheduled in mid-June with NYLA Members and the AG’s office. We are hoping members of the ALA Digital Content Working Group can attend as well.

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Thinking Like a Non-Profit 

by  Terry Tyson, Executive Vice President, Communication Services

We all know that library budgets are shrinking these days. Libraries need to work harder and smarter to plug the holes in programming, collections and staffing that budget cuts create.

Some libraries are fortunate to have active friends groups who energetically raise funds for library programs and services through book sales and other fund raising events. But, that doesn’t mean that libraries can’t start doing it for themselves, as well. Here are some tried and true fundraising activities that can really work for libraries.

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Basic Fundraising Strategies for Libraries

By: Ronald L. Barrows, The Barrows Group

During my nearly 27 years in nonprofit development, there has been one constant. In order for an agency (in this case a library) to raise financial support, “someone, has to ask someone else, for something…particularly money”. Occasionally we will ask for appreciated securities or some other marketable asset that can be sold for money, but for the most we are asking for cash to pay the bills, start a new program or build a new library. The techniques may vary, but the bottom line is the same. In order to get the funding you need, someone must ask.

In this article I will address the basics of fundraising and share with you some principles that may improve your existing fundraising.  Keep them in mind when starting a new activity or reviewing what you are currently doing to supplement your library’s income.

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Library Assistant/Technician Training Program

This certificate, non-credit, one-week program is sponsored by NYLA in cooperation with community colleges around the state. It is open to individuals already working or newly hired in libraries, or people interested in working in libraries. To receive a certificate from the college, the individual must complete the entire 18 hour program.

Programs are coming up in Syracuase June 25-30 at Onondaga Community College.

For more information or to register, please click here

Did you miss the NYS Writer's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala?  The Empire State Center for the Book inducted 14 authors this year.  Among those Inducted and in attendance were Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Pete Hamill, & E.L. Doctorow.

Click here to view photos from the event!  The password is 'NYLA'


NYLA Annual Conference

The event will be held November 7th-10th in Saratoga Springs. Scheduling and registration details are being added daily, so be sure to check the 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show website!

We can't wait to see you in November!

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