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Collaborative grant-seeking : a practical guide for librarians

Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
Physical Description:
xv,147 pages ; 28 cm.
The pursuit of grant funds -- Collaborative concepts and practical approaches -- Creating a library grant-seeking program -- Searching for external grant opportunities -- Ways to grow a culture of grantsmanship -- Strategies for completing application components -- Grant writing tips and potential errors to avoid.
Other Format:
Online version: De Farber, Bess G., 1956- author. Collaborative grant-seeking. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016] 9781442263284 (DLC) 2016004485


Call Number
Material Type
025.11 deFar 4-Week Loan

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State Library of Oregon1Received on 4/6/17



A collaborative approach to grant seeking can stimulate and reshape the culture of your library organization. The exciting and rewarding activities of developing a successful grants program can yield enormous dividends for the benefit of your staff, patrons, and community. Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians will share new insights for those who want to access grant funding without reinventing the wheel. Based on years of practical grant writing and collaboration development experience, this resource provides a complete guide for setting up a library grant-seeking program, and for combining forces with community partners to increase grant funding to libraries. Venturing into the grants world can be scary and unpredictable. This book offers detailed strategies and practical steps to establish a supportive and collaborative environment that creates the capacity to consistently develop fundable proposals, and gives readers the confidence needed to make grant-seeking activities commonplace within libraries. Collaborative Grant-Seeking will share featured topics unavailable in other grant writing publications, such as: -interpreting sponsor guidelines -identifying appropriate funding programs -determining the feasibility of project ideas -asset-based (vs. need-based) proposal development strategies -actual examples of successful and unusual library projects -initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships

Author Notes

Bess G. de Farber holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University and serves as the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries' Grants Manager.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Grant collaboration has an exponential benefit to partnering libraries and organizations that extends far beyond the dollars received. Collaborating on a grant project enables libraries to establish lasting relationships in addition to implementing new grant-funded services. De Farber (grants manager, Univ. of Florida Libs.) contends that grant writing is an overlooked activity and that librarians are naturally inclined to be successful grantees. The author walks readers through the process, beginning with identifying funding opportunities and forming alliances. The guide provides specific suggestions for establishing communication and work flows between partnering institutions. Assistance is also provided for all common components of a grant application, from selecting a title to preparing the appendixes. To provide inspiration, several examples of successful applications and projects are shared, while checklists and samples demystify the practice. What makes this an excellent complement to other grant guides (Herbert B. Landau's Winning Library Grants: A Game Plan and Pamela H. MacKellar and Stephanie K. Gerding's Winning Library Grants) is that the focus is not on winning but instead on building the team. Verdict A solid guide for novice to expert grant seekers tired of going it alone.-Jennifer Clifton, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.