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Collaborative Grant-Seeking

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Bess G. de Farber

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
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 164Size: 8 3/4 x 11 1/4
978-1-4422-6326-0 • Hardback • June 2016 • $99.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-6327-7 • Paperback • April 2016 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-1-4422-6328-4 • eBook • April 2016 • $61.00 • (£42.95)
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.
List of Tables

Chapter 1. The Pursuit of Grant Funds
Chapter 2. Collaborative Concepts and Practical Approaches
Chapter 3. Creating a Library Grant-Seeking Program
Chapter 4. Searching for External Grant Opportunities
Chapter 5. Ways to Grow a Culture of Grantsmanship
Chapter 6. Strategies for Completing Application Components
Chapter 7: Grant Writing Tips and Potential Errors to Avoid

About the Author
The book is conveniently organized in a way that allows its reader to jump to useful information on the aspects of grant-seeking of that are of interest to them without needing to read other parts of the book which may not apply. After reading this book, any librarian can be more eager and less intimidated to pursue grant-seeking opportunities because of the way the author demystifies the process of developing a grant proposal. I would recommend the purchase of this book to any librarian or library wishing to develop an understanding of grant-seeking because it will provide you with a step by step guide to achieve that goal.
Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association

"Bess de Farber's Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians should be required reading for anyone who works or wants to work in a library. Grants offer libraries opportunities to innovate, experiment, and jump-start new services, but many librarians are unsure about how to be successful grant-seekers.This guide provides credible and highly useful advice based on the author's full career as a successful grant-seeker. It demystifies the grant-seeking process, and provides an effective toolkit to help libraries justify, plan, implement, and sustain an organizational culture of grantsmanship. With de Farber's guidance, libraries will be better prepared to leverage and align grant-seeking to more fully support an organization's strategic goals and directions. I highly recommend this guide to anyone who wants to help libraries succeed in the current fiscal climate."
Chuck Thomas, Executive Director, USMAI Library Consortium and Former Federal Grants Program Officer