Friday, August 20, 2010
Daily Thoughts 8/20/2010
On the train to work I started reading Winning Grants A How To Do It Manual for Librarians by Pamela H. McKellar and Stephanie K. Gerding. Right now, they are talking about planning and vision statements. They have a bunch of steps to go through before the grants are actually applied for. I read most of it on the train home. The book included a lot of information on how to organize a team to create grants not just a single person. I find one of the grant projects particularly interesting http://www.getgraphic.org/ which is a literacy program through graphic novels. There is also a cd rom which comes with the book. This includes a presentation on a subject relevant to each chapter in the book as well as a variety of forms to fill out. It helped me think of an idea for business sponsorship. I still have quite a few video clips to watch.
We had a gentleman from Ingram come in to talk about his vendor services. It was kind of interesting. Ingram owns Lightning Source http://www.lightningsource.com/ the largest print on demand services as well as has a number of small imprints exclusively distributed through them. They are the largest distributor of books in the world. They also distribute video games which is interesting.
I did a little more spot checking in the 300s. I also took a bit to look at the oversize 300s. Like every morning, I checked the displays to see if they were in order.
This is an article on book donations which I found kind of interesting. http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/ask-ala-librarian/book-donations