In her blog post, “Being Human and Being Broke” the always wonderful Diane Chen discusses that ever-present problem of funding. On the LM/NET recently there has been some debate about this. Should a school librarian accept whatever is given to them and try to make the best use of it, or should s/he try to do some creative fundraising and find other ways to get book into hands?
Apparently the argument against creative fundraising is that if we start doing a good job of it then the powers that be will be even more apt to make us do more with less. Those that float this argument may be right, but my follow-up question would have to be: when have we ever had the right amount of funding? If we sit around waiting for “them” to suddenly “get it” and open up the checkbooks then we will be waiting an awful long time, my friends.
Ms. Chen goes on to describe the Friends of Libraries group and suggests this as an option because, as she says, “complacency is an evil when it comes to collection development.”
Apparently the AASL agrees because they also have a post promoting the Frinds of Libraries and mention using one of their fact sheets as a possible course of action.
It’s a great idea–delegate the fund raising and other aspects of library advocacy to interested members of the surrounding community, students, grandparents, parents, and other local residents.
Has anyone tried this in their own media center? Do share some input!