Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 11, 2016
Hosted by: WebJunction and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Length: 1 hour

An initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries launches on February 24, 2016, and offers applicants a share of more than $3 million for ideas centered on libraries as they transform to accommodate the evolving needs of our communities. Knight views libraries as important institutions that can play an essential role in building more informed and engaged communities, and recognizes that libraries have the power to connect people and ideas, and build stronger democracies. This is the second Knight News Challenge on Libraries; winners of the first challenge were announced in January 2015.

Presented by: Chris Barr, Jason Griffey and Jenica Rogers

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date June 23, 2015
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

It's time to take a fresh look at ideas for raising funds for your library. Although book sales have been a standard library fundraiser, they take a lot of time and effort, with dwindling returns on investment in recent years. Whether considering new types of events or tried-and-true activities, you’ll learn the "12 Must-Know Facts About Fundraising." Find out how to assess your library’s capacity for fundraising, enlist the right volunteers, engage the community, and create a sustainable plan to boost your library’s bottom line and raise visibility. With this strong foundation, libraries of any size can move into new directions to grow support for their libraries.

Presented by: Sue Hall

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date August 26, 2015
Hosted by: NCompass Live, Nebraska Library Commission
Length: 1 hour

Join Cecelia Lawrence, Director of the North Platte (NE) Public Library, as she shares the triumphs and pitfalls of holding a major competitive Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament. Lawrence has been the Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament Coordinator for the past 10 years in North Platte and has seen this event grow from 60 competitors in 2 divisions to over 160 puzzlers in 6 divisions. This session will walk you through the basics of holding a tournament; developing rules for the tournament; volunteer recruitment; discuss finding business sponsorships for teams; explore where to purchase puzzles and prizes, as well as trophy and prize ideas.

Presented by: Cecelia Lawrence

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date July 29, 2015
Hosted by:
1 hour

Could you use more funding for your library projects? Are you looking for money to launch a new program? Turn community-driven support into dollars with crowdfunding! A well-run crowdfunding campaign can yield big results, even for small libraries.

Learn technology tools, tips, and tried-and-true practices for running a successful crowdfunding campaign for your library. Learn the basics, and hear from two libraries with experience in this type of fundraising, one using crowdfunding to support capital campaign to build a new library and another using crowdfunding to purchase and promote graphic novels and technology in the library.

Presented by: Mary Ann Antonellis and Laura Bartnik

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date December 10, 2014
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

Established in 1987, by the USDA as a service of the National Agricultural Library, the Rural Information Center (RIC) assists rural communities by providing information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. RIC provides information and tools to support our nation's rural communities. Join us for this webinar to learn more about RIC services for rural libraries including connecting to resources for funding, the number one information request handled by the librarians and information specialists who staff the center.

Presented by: Mary Louise Reynnells

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date March 19, 2013
Hosted by: WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Length: 1 hour

From "chocolate in the stacks" tastings to 5K runs to off-site literary dinner parties, small libraries are getting creative in offering signature events that raise funds and create friends. This webinar will be a "show and tell" of library fundraisers, with quick tips on how to get started in your community.

Presented by: Cassie Guthrie

Webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date February 28, 2017
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

This webinar will introduce participants to a dynamic and freely available data-visualization tool, Visualizing Funding for Libraries that enables library professionals and supporters to search for institutional funding for libraries at national, state, and local levels. Participants will learn pro tips on navigating the tool and as well as next steps on how to pursue new funding opportunities. Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways showcase key networks of funders and recipients, as well as individual grants that highlight the library services and programs that are winning grants. Visualizing Funding for Libraries is a Knight Foundation News Challenge winning project.

Presented by: Kate Tkacik and Amanda Dillon

webinar recordingFormat: Webinar, original date May 4, 2011
Hosted by: WebJunction
Length: 1 hour

Wondering how to get started writing grants for your library? Grants can support the changing needs in your community while your library budget is flat or shrinking. This grant webinar will be easy to understand, motivating, fun, and full of valuable tips. Learn how to quickly locate grant opportunities, find out what funders are looking for in a successful grant proposal, and discover real library grant success techniques from librarians just like you. Practical advice, easy grants for beginners, partnership ideas, and valuable resource lists will be shared. You'll be excited, motivated, and ready to win grants for your library!

Presented by: Stephanie Gerding