Sean Gaffney has taught at the School of Information at San José State University since 2008. His area of expertise is library management and administration. Sean teaches courses in Library Financial Management, Project Management, Library Professions, and Using Social Media for Competitive and Company Research. Sean holds an MLIS from Kent State University, a Certificate in Advanced Study in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. Sean is also a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Certified Management Accountant. He currently consults in the areas of project management, library administration, and financial analysis and is a Lecturer for San José State University’s School of Information. Sean lives in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.
Advanced eCourse: Financial Literacy in a Post-COVID World
You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.
To: February 7, 2021
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The economic impact of the pandemic is staggering, and with budget cuts seeming inevitable, the ability to manage your library’s changing finances is essential. In this eCourse, library finance expert Sean Gaffney leads you through both the theory and the best practices of strategic financial resource management.
You’ll learn about concepts like revenue models, types of budgets, internal controls, resource allocation, financial planning, and acquiring outside resources, but all topics will be addressed with an eye toward updating budgets during times of declining revenue as well as advocacy for increased support from the community during times of uncertainty.
This course is for both experienced and new library managers, supervisors, directors, and other leaders who wish to gain a better understanding of how to develop and manage budgets, particularly in times of uncertainty. No previous experience with financial management is required.
By completing this eCourse, you will learn to:
- Understand basic accounting and budgeting conventions
- Evaluate financial resources
- Use a range of models and approaches to solve financial resources problems such as developing a budget, revising a budget, and gaining budget approval
- Understand the impact of declining resources on library budgets and services
- Identify viable alternative solutions and actions and recognize the consequence of their implementation
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on November 2, 2020. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Sean Gaffney will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 14-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.