(Webinar) Funding Campaigns for Small & Midsize Rural Libraries

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Date(s) - Feb 15 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Program Description: Small and midsize rural libraries are wholly underfunded. Most operate on an annual budget of less than $100,000. The more rural the library, the less capacity it has to secure sustainable and supplemental resources. This program will offer a step-by-step approach to working with your library system to improve library services by leveraging stable funding within your rural community.

This webinar will be presented via Zoom – after registering, you will receive a link to view the presentation.

Presenter Bios:

Brian M. Hildreth, executive director of Southern Tier Library System, has been working on funding campaigns for the last thirteen years as a library and system director. Since 2013, he and co-presenter Margo Gustina, have assisted 17 local libraries to secure funding increases ranging from 25% to 261%, with an average voter approval rating of 68%. His overall scope of librarianship has focused on supporting directors and trustees on developing rural libraries for educational, cultural, technological and economic betterment. He is a 2010 NYLA Innovative Public Library Director Award recipient, and he served on NYLA’s Public Libraries Section board from 2011 – 2016.

Margo Gustina, deputy director and trustee development consultant of the Southern Tier Library System, is a champion for intellectual freedom and social justice. She regularly presents on these topics throughout the greater New York library community. In addition to working with rural libraries on strategic planning and board development, Margo serves with co-presenter Brian Hildreth to secure sustainable funding for rural libraries. Her work with co-author Eli Guinnee, Why Social Justice in the Library?, was most recently featured in Library Journal, and she presently serves as NYLA’s Public Libraries Section Treasurer and a Sustainability Initiative community change agent.