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“Show me the Money”The Future of Grants Librarianship June 16, 2010
What is a Grants Librarian? Monitors, evaluates and promotes funding opportunities to your organization Provides training and expertise in various phases of the funding cycle Can you be a Grants Librarian?
SWOT Analysis Strategic planning method to evaluate a project or new opportunity Strengths (internal) Weaknesses (internal) Opportunities (external) Threats (external)
Grant Librarian SWOT Strengths – Information seeking/retrieval skills, evaluation, value-added information services, communication skills Weaknesses –Busy, low profile, reluctance to self-promote, lack of experience Opportunities- Few “grants librarians”, need for funding, information overload Threats – Supervisor/colleague buy-in, lack of $ for resources, demands on time
What do I do? Academic Librarian – State University of NY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY Reference, teaching, departmental liaison, committee member, grants librarian Full-time tenure-track position blended from two part-time jobs: Academic Librarian and Office of Research Programs Funding Specialist
Getting started…. Know your organization Identify your resources (funding sources and people) Determine the best ways to reach your target audience Adapt, modify, and evaluate what you do on an ongoing basis!
Organizational Knowledge Contact your Research Office Departmental web pages Citation analyses of works published by campus-affiliated individuals Join committees, attend events, talk to people
Identify Funding Resources Free Resources: Grants.gov: www.grants.gov (sign up for funding alerts via email) Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: www.cdfa.gov State Agencies: i.e. www.dec.ny.gov Local Agencies: i.e. Lake Champlain Basin Program, Hudson River Foundation
Identify Funding Sources Subscription Resources: Community of Science – gov’t and private foundations www.cos.com - a Proquest database, associated with RefWorks Foundation Directory Online – private foundations http://fconline.foundationcenter.org IRIS– Illinois Researcher Information Service http://www.library.illinois.edu/iris SPIN - www.infoed.org GrantStation– www.grantstation.com Find RFP – www.findrfp.com
Community of Science Database of announcements for grants, fellowships, awards and more from around the world, comprising more than 22,000 records worth over $33 billion. Can create many searches, track funding opportunities and manage searches easily using your COS Workbench. COS user training: http://www.cos.com/usertraining
Foundation Directory Online Detailed information on:
Sponsoring company information for corporate givers.
Outreach Who is your target audience? How to reach them? Email Newsletters Workshops Web sites Social Networking tools
Use as many outlets as possible… Email selected funding opportunities to target audience Workshop training – have participants create funding alerts Add value to the information you provide by sorting, evaluating, condensing
Add value to the information – here’s a funding opportunity as it appears in Grants.gov.
Development of Methodologies for Determining Preferred Landscape Designs for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production Systems at a Watershed Scale http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=54923 Same funding opportunity - Tweeted
College Faculty/Staff Web Portal Twitter feed on www.esf.edu/facstaff
ESF One-stop Grants Search LibGuide Twitter feed on ESF Grant Seekers Guide
Funding opportunities & information in Faculty/Staff bi-monthly newsletter
Adapt, modify, evaluate Promote funding opportunities based on your intended audience Try different formats to see what works Evaluate what you do – more funding received, more grants applications, happier faculty/administrators?
New initiatives Social networking tools Features added to the Research Times: Works published by college-affiliated authors Grants received Library information (connect library to research) General interest news items (NSF & science-related)
Unintended Benefits Asked to provide reports of funding sources in support of new faculty positions/new projects A bit of Competitive Intelligence added to my workload Record keeper and promoter of college affiliated periodical publications Perform yearly citation analyses for each faculty department
You can lead a horse to water…. http://www.reclaimingthemind.org
Grants Librarianship Take advantage of free and paid resources Learn the language and lingo Talk to your constituents Start small, see what works Evaluate, modify, improve Document your successes and failures Review and update (if necessary) your delivery methods and materials
Thank you! Linda Galloway Senior Assistant Librarian State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY firstname.lastname@example.org