Seminar in Library Management
Topic: Grantwriting and Alternative Funding Sources
Summer 2012 Greensheet
You will be enrolled into the D2L course automatically. The first day of the course is June 4. The instructor will send more information on how to prepare for the course as we approach this date. An Elluminate introductory session will be held and recorded on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Students must participate in the Elluminate session or view this recorded session prior to course initiation.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Students need to identify a library or organization of their choice, a key contact, and begin research with the "client" prior to the course initiation. A required Collaborate orientation session will be held June 1 to introduce the course.
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.
Subject to change with one week notice, the following calendar of coursework will be:
Assignment #1: Week One and Two - June 4-June 17– 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. Assignment supports SLO #1
Assignment #2: Week Three – June 18-June 24 - 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. Assignment supports SLO #2
Assignment #3: Week Four - June 25-July 1 - Determining funder goals, learning about the funder organization, preparing for the first contact, documentation accumulation. Assignment supports SLO #3
Assignment #4: Week Five - July 2-July 8 - Program readiness and preparation, internal Library team development, gathering supporting documents. Goals and objectives for the program including implementation and evaluation criteria. Assignment supports SLO #5 and SLO #6
Assignment #5: Week Six - July 9-July 15 - Writing, editing and preparing the proposal/grant request/application and implementation. Assignment supports SLO #4
Assignment #6: Week Seven and Eight - July 16-July 29 - Analysis of results and more research; Annual IRS information; Annual reports; data mining of like organizations; partnerships and joint ventures; Ingredients for success. Assignment supports SLO #6
Assignment #7: Week Nine - July 30 - August 5 - Marketing and promotion; program/project management; documentation of success; communication with funder, community and staff; evaluation and success metrics. Assignment supports SLO #7
Assignment #8: Week Ten - August 6- August 10 - Alternative resources and approach priorities; building funding capacity for the future; managing success and keeping track. Assignment supports SLO #7
FINAL GRANT DUE August 10
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 SUNDAY of each week and then respond to at least two colleagues.
An extra credit assignment of 2 points will be provided during Week 3 where students will be asked to provide feedback of their experience so the instructor can determine any course changes if needed. An additional 2 points will be awarded upon student completion of SOTES, Student Opinion of Teaching Effectiveness. If a secondary final grant application is submitted, up to 2 points of extra credit may be awarded. A final 4 points of extra credit is allowed for a presentation at the end of the semester.
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.
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. Please be prepared to access the King Databases with your Student ID and password.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
LIBR 200, LIBR 204.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Describe the grant-seeking process.
- Conduct research to locate sources of grant funding, analyze grantmaker guidelines, and assess whether potential funding sources match an organization and a specific project.
- Describe funder perspectives and know how to communicate effectively with prospective grantmakers.
- Write persuasive material that clearly articulates purpose, responds to the needs of an audience, uses the appropriate voice and tone, and builds stakeholder support.
- Analyze an organization's grant-seeking practices, identify areas of potential improvement, and prioritize grant-seeking opportunities.
- Assess specific library needs and future service development, identifying appropriate projects for grant funding.
- Develop a competitive grant proposal, including budgets, implementation plans, and evaluation criteria.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
LIBR 282 supports the following core competencies:
- D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
- N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.
- MacKellar, P. & Gerding, S. (2010). Winning Grants. Neal-Schuman. Available through Amazon: 1555707009
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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.
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- "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."
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