LIBR 282-02
LIBR 282-11
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Grantwriting and Alternative Funding Sources
Summer 2010 Greensheet

Patty Wong
Office Phone: (530) 666-8002
Home Phone:
(209) 952-2798
Office Hours:
online anytime and Elluminate sessions 9-10 a.m. on Saturdays and by appointment

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You should enroll in the 282-02/282-11 ANGEL site on or shortly after May 21.   The access code to enroll in the ANGEL site will be sent to those enrolled in the class via the MySJSU messaging system by May 15, 2010.

Course Description

This is a hands-on introductory course in grants and alternative funding resources for all libraries, with an emphasis on public libraries. Skills developed are applicable to other organizations as well. Students will work with a real library or other organization, assess library needs and future service development, create a marketing piece that outlines organizational mission and strengths, research current and potential funders, develop an actual grant or proposal for implementation, and determine funding and management priorities for alternative resource development. Students will become familiar with various types of funding resources for libraries and program development. An Elluminate recorded session introducing the course will be available after June 1, 2010.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create a marketing platform that outlines the mission, strengths and services of any organization
  2. Articulate ethics, confidentiality and intellectual freedom issues associated with alternative funding resource development
  3. Prepare an environmental scan for alternative resources
  4. Develop a funding priorities template
  5. Assess Library needs and future service development
  6. Research current and future prospective funding resources
  7. Prepare a grant or proposal for future funding
  8. Develop implementation and evaluation criteria
  9. Market and promote results of fund development

LIBR 282 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  1. Understand the nature of research, research methods and fundings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;
  1. Contribute to the cultural, economic, educational and social well-being of out communities.

Course Requirements

Each week will focus on written and discussion board examination of the topics related to grant writing and alternative funding sources for libraries. Most of the research will be conducted through online resources and fieldwork with a library of the student’s choice.  Preparation: Prior to enrollment, students should make contact with a library or organization to determine interest in a small grants process. For more information on how to approach a library or for suggestions on possible libraries, e-mail course instructor at

The student will be evaluated on the content of their ongoing grant proposal development, documentation to accompany the proposal, and related supporting materials as well as ongoing communication and participation, analysis and collegial support demonstrated through the Discussion Board.

Course Calendar
Subject to change with one week notice, the following calendar of coursework will be:

  • Week One and Two– Welcome and introduction, goals of course, student identification of personal objectives for course, identification of one project/library to consider, initiate possible funder suggestions on Discussion Board. Grants and Funding Vocabulary; ethics, confidentiality, integrity of the process for the client and the funder, intellectual freedom issues, integration of mission and vision of organization with funder priorities. Environmental scan of existing and immediate local funding resources.
  • Week Three  – Know your Client:  Assessing your Library needs and wants: mission, vision, existing and future programs and services. Identification of one program/project/service area to develop or enhance and identification of key potential grantors.  Initiate research alternative funding sources. Begin funding priorities template.
  • Week Four: Determining funder goals, learning about the funder organization, preparing for the first contact, documentation accumulation.
  • Week Five: Program readiness and preparation, internal Library team development, gathering supporting documents. Goals and objectives for the program including implementation and evaluation criteria.
  • Week Six: Writing, editing and preparing the proposal/grant request/application and implementation
  • Week Seven and Eight: Analysis of results and more research; Annual IRS information; Annual reports; data mining of like organizations; partnerships and joint ventures; Ingredients for success
  • Week Nine: Marketing and promotion; program/project management; documentation of success; communication with funder, community and staff; evaluation and success metrics.
  • Week Ten : Alternative resources and approach priorities; building funding capacity for the future; managing success and keeping track.

The assignments and discussion board participation for each of the ten units will be worth ten points for a total of 100 points for the course. The written assignments are worth 8 points; the discussion board participation is worth 2 points. Students will be required to contribute to each discussion board topic by FRIDAY of each week and then respond to at least two colleagues.

Extra Credit
An extra credit assignment of 5 points will be provided during Unit 4 where students will be asked to provide feedback of their experience so the instructor can determine any course changes if needed. An additional 5 points will be awarded upon student completion of SOTES, Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness.

Late Assignments
A one (1) point deduction will be made for every week that the assignment is late. Students must communicate with the instructor to advise her of any late work.

Textbooks and Readings

Most of the work will be conducted through online research and fieldwork.

Supplemental readings will be available through the King Library’s reserved reading program and distributed through the course.

The Foundation Directory is available online through SJSU SLIS Databases.

Required Textbook:

  • Gerding, S. K., & MacKeller, P. H. (2006). Grants for Libraries: : A How to Do It Manual. Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555705359. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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