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Harper, Meghan and Michelle Baldini. (2008) Making Correlations: Budget Allocation, Advocating, and Planning KQWeb Archives", Volume 36, Number 5.

For more information, see also Library Funding.

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Dickinson, Gail. Empty Pockets and Full Plates: Effective Budget Administration for Library Media Specialists. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-58683-056-2 This book includes a step-by-step guide for generating a budget plan that looks at the long term and produces a reliable stream of funds every year. The title link is for the publisher's website.

Farmer, Lesley S.J. When Your Library Budget Is Almost Zero. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1993. ISBN 0-87287-990-9. This is a practical guide for small libraries operating with tight budgets. Although it is a few years old, the information is still useful. The title link is for the Google books preview.

Fullner, Sheryl Kindle. The Shoestring Library Santa Barbara, Calif. : Linworth, 2010. ISBN 978-1586835200. "The Shoestring Library offers hope, incentive, and direction to librarians who may lack budget but do not lack passion. The book is organized around 300 hints - more than 114 of which are green alternatives - for administering a library in tough times. The book is divided into two parts: support functions and physical plant. The support section investigates such topics as how to best use volunteers and how to get free materials for your library. The physical plant section, amply supplemented with dozens of photos, helps a librarian identify and fix problems with dismal walls, ceilings, windows, shelving, desks, seating, and lighting, proposing low-cost or no-cost solutions to all these woes." --BOOK JACKET. The title link is for the Google books preview.

Martin, Murray S. and Miltin T. Wolf. Budgeting for Information Access. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998. ISBN 0-8389-0691-5 This is an authoritative guide to planning resource budgets. It aids readers in making financial decisions involved in access to electronic networks, online services, interlibrary loan, electronic delivery, and shared resources. All the factors in developing a resource budget for access are discussed, including resource sharing, document delivery, and purchase alternatives. It is available from the ALA Online Store. The title link is for the Google books preview.

Smallwood, Carol, Ed. The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times Chicago: ALA Editions, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8389-1075-7. The Frugal Librarian helps library professionals in several ways. It includes information on finding supplementary funding sources, including grants; saving money by sharing resources, using tiered staffing for technical services, and implementing green IT; describing ways to tap into grassroots movements to save neighborhood libraries and disscusses methods that can 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.

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Online Resources

2007-2008 Schools and Staffing Survey First Look Report shows school library related data. It includes selected findings and tables. The purpose of the SASS is to collect information that can provide a detailed picture of U.S. elementary and secondary schools and their staff. Topics include the characteristics of the library and its staff, library expenditures, collection holdings, and computer and technology characteristics.

Demony, Yvonne Library budget spreadsheet with MS Excel and Library budget with Google Docs Tutorials on how to use Microsoft Excel or Google Docs to create budget spreadsheets.

Evaluation of Definitions and Analysis of Comparative Data for the School Library Statistics Program. Washington, DC: NCES, September 1998. A technical report from the National Center of Education Statistics, this document includes data definitions for use in grant writing and budgetary advocacy.

Fifty Years of Supporting Children’s Learning: A History of Public School Libraries and Federal Legislation from 1953-2000. Washington, DC: NCES, March 2005. (PDF) This publication illustrates the historical progression of federal funding support for school libraries. It may be useful for library advocacy and grant writing, and the data is provided for national, regional, and state levels.

Johnson, Doug. Budgeting for Mean, Lean Times, 2007. This page links to detailed handouts from a presentation by Doug Johnson. In the presentation he discusses current funding realities facing schools, gives a short primer on school district finance, describes types of budgets, outlines the elements of effective budgets and suggest ways school librarians can increase their influence in the budgeting process. The handouts include a sample budget and budgeting strategies.

Status of Public and Private School Library Media Centers in the United States: 1999-2000. Washington, DC: NCES, March 2004. This publication from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education summarizes findings from the public and private School Library Media Center Questionnaires, a component of the 1999–2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). Topics addressed in this report include characteristics of the library and its staff, library expenditures, collection holdings, and library policies.

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