The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times--eEditions e-book

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Fewer employees, shorter hours, diminished collection budgets, reduced programs and services—all at a time of record library usage. Don't fret and fritter away scarce resources. Be frugal! In this book, library expert Carol Smallwood demonstrates that despite the obvious downsides, the necessity of doing business differently can be positive, leading to partnering, sharing, and innovating. This collection speaks to universal concerns, presenting creative and resourceful solutions from dozens of librarians representing a wide variety of institutions. The Frugal Librarian helps library professionals

  • Find supplementary funding sources, including grants
  • Save money by sharing resources, using tiered staffing for technical services, and implementing green IT
  • Tap into grassroots movements to save neighborhood libraries
  • Preserve and enhance important library functions like programming, outreach, and staff development, despite a tight budget

This book offers plenty of ideas that can be implemented immediately.


Part I: Helping Patrons Job Search
1. Knowledge-Based Job Hunting and Interview Preparation

Michael A. Germano

2. Start Your Job Search Here

Jason Kuhl

Part II: Librarian Survival
3. Entrepreneurs in the Library: How an Entrepreneurial Spirit Expanded the Patron Base and Elevated Its Political Standing

James Lund

4. Laid Off? Here's One Way to Land on Your Feet

J. James Mancuso

5. Low- and No-Cost Development Opportunities for Librarians

Colleen S. Harris

6. Online Resources in Michigan: A School Librarian Survives Hard Times

Margaret Lincoln

Part III: Grants
7. Grant Proposals for the Working Librarian: From Idea to Implementation

Lois Stickell and Lisa Nickel

8. Tools for Grant Searching

Victoria Lynn Packard

9. Writing Grant Proposals for Diverse Populations

Vandella Brown

Part IV: Programming
10. Creating and Sustaining Community-Focused Programs

Wayne Finley and Joanna Kluever

11. Nothing to Lose: Creative Programming for the Frugal Librarian

Lisa A. Forrest

Part V: Sharing
12. Increasing Resources in Tough Times: A New Funding Model for the Purdue University Career Wiki

George Bergstrom and Mary Dugan

13. Innovating and Saving with Joint-Use Libraries

Emily Dill

14. Multitype Regional Library Responses to the Economic Crisis

Tom Taylor

15. Museum Passes: A Low-Cost, High-Impact Partnership

Rebecca Tuck and Lisa Fraser

16. Saving by Sharing: Using Open-Source and Shared Catalogs to Do More with Less

John Helling

Part VI: Management
17. Bringing the Outside Back In: Creative and Cost-Effective Outreach Strategies

Kacy Vega and Kim Becnel

18. Cost Factors in Digital Projects: A Model Useful in Other Applications

Lisa L. Crane

19. Data-Driven Cancellation Decisions

Leslie Farison

20. Green Information Technology Saves Money, Saves Resources

Sarah Passonneau

21. Managing Staff Stress during Budget Crises: Lessons for Library Managers

Colleen S. Harris and Mary Chimato

22. Student Assistants: Maximize Effectiveness through Coordinated Training

Ken Johnson and Sue Hisle

Part VII: On-the-Job Success
23. Bidding Service Contracts in Public Libraries

Tom Cooper

24. Digital Projects on a Shoestring

Emily Asch

25. Developing Partnerships for Added Value

Aline Soules and Sarah Nielsen

26. Organizing in the Streets and in the Stacks: A Grassroots Movement Saves Neighborhood Libraries

Edgar C. Bailey Jr.

27. Turning Gifts and Discards into Gold

Robert Holley

28. A Small School Library Meets the Economic Challenge

Colleen Driscoll

Part VIII: Staffing
29. Leveraging Internal Resources to Fill Library Staff Shortages Temporarily

Marwin Britto

30. Making Good by Making Do: Using Student Staff to Drive Library Technology Innovation

Gwen Evans

31. Tiered Staffing for Technical Services

Mary S. Laskowski and Fang Huang Gao

32. We're All in This Together: Solutions for Creative Staffing

Heidi Blackburn and Erin Davis

Part IX: Professional Development
33. Building Sustainable Professional Development Opportunities in Technology Literacy

Marwin Britto

34. $40 A Day, or Attending Library Conferences on the Cheap

Regina Koury


Carol Smallwood

Carol Smallwood received her MLS from Western Michigan University and her MA in history from Eastern Michigan University. She is the author or editor of numerous books for Scarecrow, McFarland, Libraries Unlimited, Pudding House Publications, Peter Lang, and others. Some other credits include The Writer's Chronicle, Journal of Formal Poetry, Detroit News, Instructor, English Journal, and Michigan Feminist Studies. Her novel, Lily's Odyssey, appeared in 2010; she coedited the anthology Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages (2009), and she has a short story in Best New Writing 2010. A 2009 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award Winner and a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose, she has experience in school, public, and special libraries and has served as a library consultant. Smallwood appears in Contemporary Authors, Who's Who in America, and is a member of the American Library Association. She received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

"A useful, sensibly priced collection."
--The Australian Library Journal

"I recommend the book for providing good suggestions and generating ideas for different libraries in different settings. It also provides a very good overview of challenges in library work for newer professionals."
--Library Resources & Technical Services

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