University of Toronto iSchool Institute Symposium in partnership with Dysart & Jones Associates
Regretfully for Making Money: Creative Funding for Libraries, Archives & Museums, we did not receive enough attendees to present this symposium. We apologize for the inconvenience and do hope to include this topic at another time in the University of Toronto symposium line up. We hope to see you at another event soon.
Monday & Tuesday April 24 and 25, 2017, Toronto
Making Money: Creative Funding for Libraries, Archives & Museums
"Crowdfunding is an exciting opportunity for libraries"
In our turbulent, challenging economic times and fast changing world, funding is always an issue whatever the type of organization. This symposium looks at funding strategies and practices as well as creative ways to find alternative funding sources and partners. It includes tips on understanding philanthropic circles, grants, crowdfunding, and more!
From the Pebble watch to support for EveryLibrary.org; from the Smithsonian crowdfunding the restoration of Neil Armstrong's space suit to crowdsourcing digitization projects, crowdfunding is hitting the consciousness of libraries as a wonderful opportunity for libraries of all types.
Every library always needs more money. That's how we fund our mission to engage our communities and make a difference economically, socially, educationally and have a positive impact on our world. Libraries have become better at applying for and receiving grants and justifying their budgets and finances to their local and regional funding authorities.
Recent innovations in the crowdfunding space have created a great new opportunity for libraries to seek and get funding for our projects and initiatives. People want to invest in libraries. Websites like Rally.org, Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have been used by libraries across North America to successfully raise funds and engage their communities.
It is early days and those who hop on quickly can learn and achieve success. This symposium has been designed to bring together experienced library folk to share their experiences and practices as well as to discuss crowdfunding, grantsmanship and new methods for raising money to support our libraries' missions and projects.
Speakers with real experience in raising finds for libraries and other not-for-profit sector enterprises share their experience and advice. Join our innovators, speaker and colleagues in many interactive activities and networking opportunities.
Attendees had this to say about our recent iSchool Institute symposia on Pushing the Envelope on eLearning in Libraries (moocsandlibraries.org) and Creative Making & Makerspaces(creativemaking.org):
"Really like access to international speakers with strong, practical content."
"Love the Skype additions to the program."
“This symposium had some of the best overall content of any conference I’ve attended, including big ones like OLA, PLA, ALA, etc.”
“Enjoyed the mix of in person, multimedia, skype.” “Great mix.” “The variety added to the ability to maintain attention – you got it right.”
“Choice of speakers was outstanding.” “They all excelled.”
“All speakers were on subject and brought experience and expertise. Good spotlight on the tools so we can make decisions about our own spaces.”
“All the speakers were inspiring and informative. This symposium make me think about creative making in a deeper way and gave me ideas about how libraries can be leaders in providing access to creative making spaces, instruction, events, etc. I loved Chattanooga PL’s 4th floor culture, the energy they put into their events. Fayetteville PL’s call for libraries to ‘just be relevant’ is also amazing – I believe that organizational culture eats planning for breakfast and it is inspirational to see how these libraries operate.”
“I really liked getting insight from organizations outside of libraries as well as libraries of different types – hearing about the successful things they are doing.”
· Jane Dysart, Senior Partner, Dysart & Jones
· Stephen Abram, Consultant, Dysart & Jones
For sponsorship opportunities or a chance to demonstrate technology please contact: Jane Dysart, Jane@dysartjones.com
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