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Grant Money through Collaborative Partnerships
Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1159-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
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96 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1159-4
Year Published: 2012
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, Z

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Because libraries are information and research centers, they can support a huge variety of grant funding initiatives outside their own purview. Cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions are untapped resources for library funds. What's more, many libraries may find that collaborating on a grant application with another organization is preferable to going forward with a time-consuming application of their own. But finding the right collaborative partner and securing a place at its development table can be challenging. Drawing on her extensive experience as a grant developer and library director, in this ALA Editions Special Report Maxwell
  • Presents an overview of grant basics, with extensive lists of both online and print resources
  • Suggests how to frame libraries’ research capabilities as benefits to the community at large, transforming these capabilities into a revenue source
  • Explores strategies for locating potential partners, with tips on approaching collaborators and establishing successful relationships
  • Describes what libraries can ask for from the grant developer, making sure to include what they want in the grant proposal
Maxwell offers an abundance of practical advice and encouragement for using this novel approach to secure additional funding for libraries.
Table of Contents


1    Introduction
2    Grant Development and Libraries
3    Finding Grant Developers for Collaboration
4    Working with Grant Developers
5    Research—The Librarian’s Secret Weapon
6    Incorporating the Library into Grant Proposals
7    How the Library Can Support Grant Projects
8    Partnerships and Beyond
9    Grant-Writing Careers for Librarians
10    Conclusion

Selected Bibliography and Additional Sources

About the Author

In her 30-year library career, Nancy Kalikow Maxwell has participated in successful grant projects totaling more than ten million dollars, with more than one million of those dollars flowing directly to the library. Formerly library director at Miami Dade College and Barry University, Maxwell currently owns and operates Kaliwell, Inc., a grant development company that specializes in locating, writing, and evaluating grants for libraries and other
educational organizations. A prolific writer, Maxwell has been published in the National Catholic Reporter, Jewish Forward, Lilith, Moment, and other periodicals. Her library publishing credits include Sacred Stacks: The Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship (2006) and, as a contributor, Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook (2010) and Librarians as Community Partners: An Outreach Handbook (2010). A frequent contributor to American Libraries magazine, she has also authored two ALA TechSource Library Technology Reports.

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