Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 9:10am - 10:00am
Fundraising: the good, the bad, the 'What was I thinking?'

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In these times of fiscal uncertainty, fundraising, grant writing, capital campaigns, etc., are becoming part of the librarian experience. Running a fundraiser is a daunting prospect. Finding resources can be problematic, especially in out-state and rural libraries, where staff sizes are small and networking with others can be difficult. Just having someone to share ideas with would be enormously helpful. With twenty-five years of successful fundraising, I will be sharing what has worked for me, what has not, and how to find assistance and support in unexpected ways. From ideas, to resources, to plans that do not cost a lot of money (or any at all), to maintaining sanity along the way, I will present practical, doable suggestions and examples for raising money for small and not-so-small projects, from matching grants, to capital campaigns, to needed in-kind donations. Leave the session with ideas and information that can work for you.


Meredith Stanton Vaselaar

Librarian, Nobles County Library, Adrian Branch
Ms. Vaselaar is a Librarian in Southwest Minnesota. She has also served as a Director of organizations in the arts, history, and humanities fields. Vaselaar has twenty-five years of experience with fundraising, grant writing, project coordination (Library as well as non-library community... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Meeting Room 112