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Friday, May 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Build it and they Will Come: Meeting the Needs of Our Patrons through Grant Writing

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Our library building is nearly 50 years old and looks it! Paint and carpet had not been replaced in more than two decades, and our student traffic was on a consistent decline.  Much of this was related to the building’s poor aesthetic and lack of dedicated study space.  While we knew of these concerns, the budget would not allow for renovation. However, with the advent of Covid-19, we discovered that government monies had become available that were not previously obtainable.  To our surprise, we found that that we were actually good grant writers and applied for several grants that will now provide new study and conference rooms, more modern furnishings, and up-to-date technology. We did our homework by reading the literature found in NC LIVE databases and surveyed similarly sized libraries.  In the past year, we have written 9 grants and have been awarded 7 so far (an unusually high success rate).  Through frugal spending and a rigorous “rightsizing” plan, we have transformed our space into one that attracts students, meets their needs, and makes our university proud.

Come learn about grant writing – what is out there and best practices for applying. See how your library can transform its space to better meet the needs of your patrons without building a new facility.

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Pamela R. Dennis

Dean of the Library, Gardner-Webb University
Pam Dennis is Dean of the Library and an adjunct music faculty member at Gardner-Webb University.  She previously  served libraries at Ouachita Baptist University (Archivist), and Union University (Information Services Coordinator and Archivist), Lambuth University (Library Director... Read More →
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Katie Harmon

Acquisitions Librarian, Gardner-Webb University
Kathryn “Katie” Ervin is the acquisitions librarian for Dover Memorial Library at Gardner-Webb University. She previously worked in the ZSR Library at Wake Forest, the Goldberg Library at Charlotte Christian College, and the Center of Academic Success at Johnson & Wales University... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2022 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT