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Show me the Money - Grants Librarianship @ SLA


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  • 1. The SLA Science-Technology and Social Sciences Divisions thank
    For their generous support in sponsoring this program.
  • 2. “Show me the Money”The Future of Grants Librarianship
    June 16, 2010
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. SWOT Analysis
    Strategic planning method to evaluate a project or new opportunity
    Strengths (internal)
    Weaknesses (internal)
    Opportunities (external)
    Threats (external)
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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!
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Identify Funding Resources
    Free Resources:
    (sign up for funding alerts via email)
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance:
    State Agencies: i.e.
    Local Agencies: i.e. Lake Champlain Basin Program, Hudson River Foundation
  • 10.
    • Includes funding information for 26 federal grant making agencies
    • 11. Can search for grants
    • 12. Set up email alerts for grant notices
    • 13. Subscribe to grant notices via RSS feeds
  • Identify Funding Sources
    Subscription Resources:
    Community of Science – gov’t and private foundations - a Proquest database, associated with RefWorks
    Foundation Directory Online – private foundations
    IRIS– Illinois Researcher Information Service
    SPIN -
    Find RFP –
  • 14. 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:
  • 15. Foundation Directory Online
    Detailed information on:
    • 1,500+ leading foundations
    • 16. Application guidelines for 7,200+ foundations
    • 17. Sponsoring company information for corporate givers.
  • Outreach
    Who is your target audience?
    How to reach them?
    Web sites
    Social Networking tools
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Add value to the information – here’s a
    funding opportunity as it appears in
  • 20. Development of Methodologies for Determining Preferred Landscape Designs for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production Systems at a Watershed Scale
    Same funding opportunity - Tweeted
  • 21. College Faculty/Staff Web Portal
    Twitter feed on
  • 22. ESF One-stop Grants Search LibGuide
    Twitter feed on ESF Grant Seekers Guide
  • 23. Funding opportunities & information
    in Faculty/Staff bi-monthly newsletter
  • 24. Keep track of Funding Opportunities
    • Re-issue notices as deadlines approach
    • 25. Insure that you have promoted relevant opportunities
    • 26. Evaluations/annual reports
  • 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?
  • 27. 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)
  • 28.
  • 29. 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
  • 30. You can lead a horse to water….
  • 31. 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
  • 32. Thank you!
    Linda Galloway
    Senior Assistant Librarian
    State University of New York
    College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Syracuse, NY
  • 33. Questions??