Grants for Libraries: A How-to-do-it Manual and CD-ROM, S.R. Gerding, P.H. Mackellar. Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc, New York (2006), ISBN: 1-55570-535-9


This book is very much written by practitioners for practitioners and is aimed at an audience interested in grants and libraries, an area of increasing importance given shortages and budget cuts within the library service sector. Grants for libraries provides a range of practical tools and instruction needed to win financial awards for libraries. Practical tools include worksheets, examples, templates and checklists that take the reader through each step in the grant process cycle in an easy to follow manner. This ‘How-to-do-it Manual’ is divided into three main parts. Part I covers ‘The Grant Process Cycle’ and contains several relevant chapters covering all possible aspects of the cycle that include ‘Making the Commitment and Understanding the Process’, ‘Planning for Success’, ‘Organizing the Grant’, ‘Researching and Selecting the Right Grant’, ‘Getting Funded and Implementing the Project’ and ‘Reviewing and Continuing the Process’. Throughout this part of the book, references are made to the highly practical and useful Tool Kit and CD-ROM in which the reader can complete a variety of checklists, worksheets and templates. Part II ‘Library Grant Success Stories’ provides sixteen interesting and useful examples of funded projects relating to various size libraries from the USA that illustrate best practices. In each of the case studies, the participants reflect upon key issues such as ‘What made their proposal/project successful?’, ‘Do you have any advice for other grant seekers?’ and ‘What was the most difficult part of the grant process?’ Part III contains ‘The Grants for Libraries Took Kit and CD-ROM’ which are reproduced as Microsoft Word documents. The final part of the book contains a useful glossary of grant-related terms. Each of the chapters is written in a clear, concise and well-structured manner. For example, the chapter on ‘Planning for Success’ is particularly useful in that it contains a library planning checklist and exemplar library strategic plan to illustrate key aspects in the planning process. The final chapter in Part I of the book, ‘Answering Five Essential Questions’ contains key questions and guidance to evaluate a project’s potential for success such as ‘Does your library have the capacity to implement and support this project?’, ‘How will this grant make an impact?’, ‘Is your project sustainable?, ‘Do you have real relationships with funders and partners?’ and ‘How will you know that you’ve been successful?’. Whilst this book is directed more towards American libraries and sources of funding, it contains a wealth of information and advice that will be of interest and practical use to librarians throughout the world, facing similar challenges in securing external funding. The authors are to be congratulated in producing a highly practical, interesting and accessible book.

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2006.11.003

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@article{Stansfield2007GrantsFL, title={Grants for Libraries: A How-to-do-it Manual and CD-ROM, S.R. Gerding, P.H. Mackellar. Neal-Schuman Publishers Inc, New York (2006), ISBN: 1-55570-535-9}, author={Mark Stansfield}, journal={Int J. Information Management}, year={2007}, volume={27}, pages={150} }