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On the second day of the Rural Libraries Conference, I attended…

Administration and Management: Nuts and Bolts of Grant-Seeking
Everyone wants additional funding and grants can be a good way to secure it but how do you go about it if you don’t have experience? Get a basic overview of the grant-seeking process including information about what to do prior to the proposal; how to identify appropriate funding partners, and an overview of a full-fledged proposal and its variations. The basics of how to create a realistic project budget will be addressed as well as how to determine the appropriate amount to request from a funder.

In this session, I was geeked to run into librarian, Jane French, from the beautiful Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville, Michigan. I first met Jane just over two years ago when I toured her library for my 30 Years and 30 Libraries project.

hermionish.rlc2014Library Technology: Big Technology, Small Library: Finding the Balance
Do you need focus and guidance on how to implement new and/or different technologies? How can you also “keep it human” for everyone involved in the process? Find out how to ensure all small library staff are comfortable in basic levels of technology support and how you can accomplish this. Through this session attendees will learn how to bring together the “parts and pieces” into a well-rounded approach to managing and implementing the physical components of technology along with the emotional components of patron interaction and staff training.

Administration and Management: You Got the Grant! Now What?
Congratulations! You just received word that your grant proposal that you submitted last year has been accepted for funding! Yippee!! Uh-Oh! Now, what do you do? How do you manage the project and your relationship with the funder to help ensure future funding? Learn how to make your grant an ongoing success and hopefully lead to additional funding in the future.

Trustees: Finding the Money: Maximizing Funding from Governmental Sources and Finding Other Monies
This is the final of four consecutive sessions to be presented on Thursday in the Connecting the Dots: Creating a Star Board of Trustees series sponsored by the Friends of Michigan Libraries and the Trustee Alliance. The library board is charged with finding the resources to adequately fund the library. But as public dollars become scarce, and library resources become more expensive, what strategies can the board employ? How can the board both improve public funding while finding new funding sources? Join us for sharing a wealth of ideas guaranteed to turn into gold once implemented.
I visited Liz Goble with The Book Farm bought two eagle puppets for my library…
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Photo by Christina Golm

20140501_160140hermionish.rlc2014.eagleA group of alumni from Wayne State University’s School of Library and Information Science gathered for a photo and had lunch together in the Grand Hotel’s theatre:

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Now I am off to go exploring.
Stay tuned for loads more pictures and updates from RLC 2014…