Review: ALA Book of Library Grant Money
Ann Kepler, ed. ALA Book of Library Grant Money. 8th ed. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2011. 448p. Softcover, $175.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1058-0)
Fiscal challenges continue for all libraries across the United States. Administrators, managers, and library staff can use this updated volume to identify potential grant funding from private and corporate foundations that have recently supported libraries and library services. Veteran editor Ann Kepler provides a detailed descriptive profile of philanthropic programs across the county, arranging them alphabetically by foundation name, corporation, or family of private charitable organizations. Library associations are listed alphabetically by state.
Each entry includes general information regarding the financial health, stability, and philanthropic interests. Essential elements for corporate foundations include contact information, operating locations, types of products or services, in-kind or service support, and corporate sponsorships. Information about foundations includes contact information for the headquarters, general overviews (year of founding, operating locations, and type of organization), a financial summary (based on the latest 990 form), and details about the types of available grants and procedures to follow in order to apply for funding. A list of non-profit recipient categories and organization types provides guidance for the reader to find areas of potential interest.
A unique addition to the grant seeker’s bookshelf, this readable volume contains a wealth of information specifically geared to libraries. The ease of use to find critical information without sorting through more general grant and foundation directories, the ALA Book of Library Grant Money easily guides librarians to potential grantors. The volume includes grant funding available from state libraries but not federal departments. Recommended for grant seekers in all types and sizes of libraries that can afford the investment.