Librarians Attend Free Workshop on Fundraisin​g in an Era of Cuts

Easton, PA – June 22, 2011 – Public and school librarians from Northeast Pennsylvania attended a free workshop that was sponsored by Wolper Subscription Services, Inc. to create an environment for local librarians to obtain resources necessary to seek funding through grants to supplement their continuously diminishing budgets.  Lisa Curran, Executive Director of The Century Foundation, and Janet Roth, Executive Director of The Harry C. Trexler Trust, provided guidance on what funders look for in grant proposals.  Valerie Ryder, Director of Information Strategy at Wolper Subscription Services, highlighted the changing needs of libraries from her perspective as a seasoned librarian to initiate ideas for grant-funded projects to provide new and expanded services and technologies that address emerging needs of the libraries’ communities.
 
The workshop was held at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley on June 22nd, 2011 and was attended by a diverse group of school and public librarians from the region.
 
Susan Wolper, President and CEO of Wolper Subscription Services, was reading the news regarding the Easton Public Library and pending budget cuts from the local school district, which were threatening to close the library doors. “I started brainstorming ways to use my business to increase support for public libraries in my community,” Wolper said, “and the ‘teach a person to fish’ parable was the first thing that came to mind. I wanted to find a way to teach librarians how they can seek outside funding.” Wolper Subscription Services, which provides subscription management services to corporate, medical, public and academic libraries nationwide, reached out to local funders and to the United Way to arrange the workshop.
 
The workshop was much appreciated by attendees. “Thankfully my budgets have not been cut yet but I would like to increase my resources now and I would like to be ready if or when my budget does take a hit,” said a school librarian from the Lehigh Valley. Recent cuts in state and school district budgets have adversely affected programs, and closed doors at satellite branch locations, causing librarians to search for external funding to maintain and increase their programmatic offerings

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