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Crowdfunding and Libraries
Mon, 24 Apr 2017, 8:30 AM – Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 1:00 PM EDT
"Crowdfunding is an exciting opportunity for libraries"
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.