MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives
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MLA 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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Rediscovering Outreach: Moving through COVID and Beyond

Different patron groups require different approaches to outreach. In this presentation, attendees will hear from librarians working with K-12 students, senior citizens, and other community-based groups. Presenters will give an overview of how their outreach strategies evolved, and how COVID-19 necessitated different ways of connecting. Presenters will share what they plan to keep as part of their outreach repertoire, and where they hope to take their outreach programs in the future.


Library Friends and the Academic Library

Hear about how one academic library has been supported over the years by their Friends group. Get ideas on how a Friends of the Library organization can help support spaces, collections and programs at your academic library. Be inspired by suggestions for fundraisers and friendraisers and more. Learn how a Friends group can bring people together across campus with a shared love for the library. You'll leave this session brimming with ideas and enthusiasm!


Grants for Programs - Writing and Managing a Grant Budget

Helping your community is at the heart of library service. But how do you fund a needed program? Grants are an option but getting one may not be easy. Many grant applications do not get approved because the budget is not appropriate for the project. For libraries that receive a grant, managing the grant funds can also be difficult. Come learn about writing budgets for grant applications and managing funds for grants. Be prepared to make the most of funding opportunities for your library.


Financing Library Construction and Improvement Projects

Delve into the details on the types of projects that can be funded with bonds, different types of bond structures, and the Michigan laws that must be met when bonding for a capital project. In addition, learn about the timeline and steps of library financing and what to think about when undertaking a bond issuance, including the funding resource to repay the bond's debt service.

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