Library Project Funding: A Guide to Planning and Writing Proposals

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Chandos, 2008 - Business & Economics - 217 pages
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Managers and staff in libraries and information services in all sectors are increasingly required to prepare project proposals and bid for funding, usually for external funding, but also as part of internal strategic planning and management processes. The projects proposed must be realistic and feasible, because library managers and staff will be required to deliver their project on time and in budget. If managers get the planning wrong at project proposal stage, the consequences for implementation can be difficult to overcome. This book provides guidance on the various steps involved in project development, planning and the preparation of bids for funding based on the author's own experience and that of many organisations in the cultural heritage and education sectors. It guides service managers and staff through the task of scoping, developing and writing viable, realistic and winning proposals, drawing on a range of techniques from strategic planning, financial management, project management and business.

  • Uses practical, up-to-date examples relevant to the cultural heritage sector
  • Different methodologies: for example - preparing business plans, evaluation; planning cost and time/effort inputs
  • Templates and checklists for writing effective proposals

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About the author (2008)

Julie Carpenter is Director and Lead Consultant of Education for Change Ltd (EfC). She is a qualified librarian and joined the British Council, working to improve the Council's own library and information services. She led the British Council's policy and strategic inputs on book and information provision in education projects funded by the World Bank. She has been a consultant since 1990 and was successful in developing and managing research projects under the European Union's early R&D Framework Programmes. She has led and managed research and consulting projects in the UK for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). From 2004 - 2006 she directed the summative evaluation of the UK Big Lottery Fund's ICT Content for Learning Programmes.