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University of Michigan

Budgeting and Finance for Public Libraries

University of Michigan via edX

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Money isn’t generally the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about libraries, however it is a critical resource that touches every aspect of the organization. Whether you are an aspiring manager or a library director, it is important that your organization’s finances are aligned with your service goals and priorities.

This course, part of the Public Library Management Professional Certificate program, will help you understand how to build a budget, read financial reports, and plan for the long-term sustainability of your library.


Lessons: 1. Introduction
2. Starting with a Piece of the Budget
3. Expenditures
4. Forecasting Expenditures
5. Revenues
6. Building the Budget
7. Financial Management, Auditing, and Control
8. Planning for the Future

Taught by

Larry Neal


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    Part 1 - Strategic Context and Overview, that outlines:

    A national snapshot of Australian public libraries.
    Policy and strategic context.
    Emerging trends and challenges.
    Demographics (current and future community profile).
    Existing facility provision.
    Comparative review of the Gawler Public Library against Australian public library standards.
    Part 2 - Library Connect, that outlines:

    The vision for Gawler Public Library in the Gawler Civic Centre.
    Considerations for the Library in the Gawler Civic Centre.
    The proposed service delivery model for the Gawler Civic Centre.
    Areas of focus and strategies.

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