Book Review – The ALA Book of Library Grant Money

The ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 8th ed., edited by Ann Kepler. American Library Association, 2012, 429 pages. Softcover, $175, ALA Members: $157.50. ISBN13: 9780838910580.

Every institution feels the impact of the current economic situation in some manner. There are grants available to help ease the financial burdens facing libraries, though finding an appropriate or plausible grant can be intimidating and overwhelming. The ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 8th ed. is a strong starting point for finding a grant for your library. This directory is a comprehensive guide to grant money available to libraries and schools. Hundreds of profiles are provided for private foundations and corporate foundations that have available grants. Each funding source listed in the directory has either made recent grants to libraries or list libraries as a typical funding recipient.

The user’s guide in the beginning of the book provides a clear view of how to navigate the directory, explaining the layout of the profiles and type of information provided in the profiles. Throughout the profiles, the user can find a variety of helpful information related to the funding source including typical recipients, past recipients, application procedures and deadlines, and grant values.

Following the profiles section, the bulk of the directory, are various indexes that can be used to locate a specific funding source more quickly. These indexes include Grantors by Total Grant Value, Grantors by State, and Professional Library Organization Grants. The variety and scope of grants listed in this directory make it a valuable resource for any library’s collection.

Erin Schlicht is access services librarian at University of Minnesota Law Library in Minneapolis.

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