Grant Writing: What the Pro’s Know

Grant Writing: What the Pro’s Know


New to grant writing or find yourself writing grants without success?

This seminar gives you a comprehensive introduction to grant writing, outlines what should be included in each grant component, and helps you steer clear of the most common pitfalls. This is a fast-paced online event that will help you with the building block of a strong grant proposal.

As funding becomes more difficult to secure, nonprofit organizations face significant challenges to fulfill their missions. This webinar reviews the questions nonprofits need to answer prior to searching and applying for grant funds, outlines the seven basic elements of most proposals, and shows participants how to match their needs to funder priorities. Participants focus on the major questions that need to be answered prior to writing a proposal and incorporating these answers into research and ultimately a competitive proposal.

Participants will leave this webinar with the tools required to determine the need for and content of strategy sessions, the elements of effective plans, implementation methods, and where to begin.

In this one-hour event:

Learn how to create a successful grant proposal.
Determine if your organization is prepared to apply for grant funding.
List and describe the seven major elements of most grant proposals.
Learn how to be proactive in your grant writing, instead of reactive.
Write a data-based description of the problem your nonprofit cares about.
Define specific, measurable outcomes.
Explore options for answering the sustainability question and creating evaluation methods.

This is a fast-paced online event that will help you with the building block of a strong grant proposal.

Original broadcast October 22, 2020

.Biography ~ Amanda Pierce
A grant writing expert, executive and development coach, fundraising consultant, and national fundraising trainer, Mandy Pearce, launched Funding for Good, Inc. in 2009 to equip organizations with the skills and tools needed to become successful and sustainable.
Mandy has taken her passion and expertise for fundraising to the development field and shared it with individuals and organizations for over 2 decades through executive coaching, strategic and development planning, seminars, and specialized consulting programs. Mandy’s dynamic teaching style brings thousands of people annually to her presentations at conventions, trainings, and workshops, in person and online.
Her business model is centered on her key values: honesty, efficiency, direct communication, and bringing dollars to local communities. Funding For Good, Inc. continues to create sustainability and build capacity for organizations across the country through the effective sharing of the knowledge and skills required to generate success. Mandy’s passions are development and executive coaching, fundraising planning, budget development, and all things grant writing. Mandy lives in Hickory, NC with her husband and their rescue dogs, Leo and Dalli, who share her enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Effective Communication During a Conflict

Effective Communication During a Conflict


We learn to speak as early as nine months, but within a lifetime, few people learn to effectively communicate. Communication versus talking allows us to share, engage, build an understanding, and establish a sense of community. It joins us–unites us.
Communication transforms relationships and creates opportunity. But can we do this even if we disagree? Can we build relationships in the midst of an emotionally-charged conversation? Absolutely!

This interactive and informative webinar will give you the tools to navigate conflict, gain an understanding, and even elevate others along the way. We will develop communication tools to use during a conflict and formulate an approach to reach a desirable outcome during a confrontation.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• See conflict as an opportunity, not a threat
• Learn a 3-step approach on how to confront
• Better understand blame vs. contribution in a conflict
• Learn ways to respond, not react in a conflict

Original broadcast October 15, 2020 


Biography ~ April Williams
April is the manager of Lancaster County Library in South Carolina. She is also an author, speaker, entrepreneur, editor, and a worship leader, who incorporates her love of music in many adult library programs. She also coordinates social media and marketing initiatives to promote library programs and educational opportunities.

April obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. She conducts workshops on leadership and communication and hosts a morning broadcast called Daily Dose LIVE that presents success tips to audiences worldwide. She is a certified life and management coach, who loves to propel individuals to success through personal and professional growth.

April and her husband, Todd, consult and train entrepreneurs in leadership, management, investing, and budgeting. They are the parents of five sons. When April is not working, she enjoys a cup of green tea, while reading Pride & Prejudice.

Leading Your Remote Work Team Through A Crisis: 5 Strategies To Keep Your Team Connected, Motivated and Productive

Leading Your Remote Work Team Through A Crisis: 5 Strategies To Keep Your Team Connected, Motivated and Productive


For many, leading a remote work team is new and presents the traditional challenges of how to keep your team focused, engaged, and achieving their goals. But leading a remote team in times of crisis requires a whole new level of leadership. Just covering the basics is not enough.
So how do you lead and inspire your team in the midst of a global pandemic? How do you keep your team connected, motivated and productive when there is so much fear and so much uncertainty? Your team needs you more than ever, as they look to leadership for the path forward.

In this program we dive into what it takes to lead remote teams through unprecedented times of crisis. Based on research from some of the greatest crisis’s our world has known – war, disease, economic depression. We cover the leadership traits that separate great leaders from the rest, and how to use that information to build your leadership plan of action.

You leave this webinar understanding the impact leadership has at a much deeper level, and more importantly how to use that information to keep your team motivated, connected and productive during times of crisis.

Original broadcast October 1, 2020 

Biography ~ Meridith Powell
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to Watch by Currency Fair, sales and leadership expert Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional ©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. She is passionate about helping her clients learn the sales and leadership strategies they need to succeed no matter what this marketplace does.

Increase Library Usage Through Strategic Merchandising

Increase Library Usage Through Strategic Merchandising



There’s a lot of science and psychology in the retail merchandising world that can benefit your library. In fact, it can not only invigorate and improve your everyday displays and signage, it can also increase your usage statistics. Trying it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In this webinar, Kathy Dempsey will explain what merchandising is and will reveal strategies to help you do it quickly and effectively. Through pro tips and lots of photographic examples, you will:

 Learn the difference between creating displays and doing merchandising.
 Understand how the magic of merchandising can increase library usage and circulation.
 Realize what turns people off and keeps them from entering your building.
 View photos of great (and not-so-great) merchandising from libraries around the world.
 Realize how merchandising, signage, and displays affect the user experience (UX).

Please note: This session is not geared toward ideas about what to display. Instead, it’s about the strategies behind good displays, signage, and promotion. It’s about upholding your brand and improving customers’ usage of, and perspectives of, the library.


Original broadcast September 22, 2020 

Biography ~ Kathy Dempsey
Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to tome The Accidental Library Marketer and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential. Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding. Kathy has been the Editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter for 25 years, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Librariesmagazine. She also blogs at The ‘M’ Word. She’s a member of the New Jersey Library Association, and Founder of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference, which she chaired in 2015, 2016, and 2017. This writer, editor, and marketing maven has been giving presentations across the U.S. and Canada for 20+ years, always sprinkling them with humor to make marketing concepts more interesting and accessible. She continues to fight the stereotypes that librarians are boring and that “marketing” is a dirty word.

How a Library of Things Can Impact Services and Initiatives

How a Library of Things Can Impact Services and Initiatives


A Library of Things can be made up of just about anything. La Porte County (Indiana) Public Library’s grew into a collection of innovative technology equipment and now includes professional development resources for local teachers to help students of all backgrounds and abilities thrive in today’s skills-based economy.

Learn how our organization developed strategic partnerships to increase access and opportunity and how those partnerships have grown in support and evolved into a community-wide effort.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Analyze community needs and interests to build relevant collections
• Identify ed-tech products that provide quality professional development resources for educators and build a network of contacts
• Develop a plan to meet with school administrators and circulate a Library of Things that will grant access to underserved student populations, providing students with equal opportunity to achieve overall academic success

Original broadcast August 13, 2020

Biography ~ Susan Bannwart
Susan Bannwart is the Community Engagement Manager. She along with the “”dream team”” of community engagement librarians develop programming, school partnerships, community collaborations, and STEAM initiatives of LPCPL. Susan loves learning and spends as much free time as she can outdoors riding horses, gardening, or just enjoying nature.

Biography ~ Jenny Minich

Jenny Minich is a community engagement librarian. She stays up-to-date on the newest tech for kids and teachers, and her favorite days at work are STEAM Camp days. She likes all the stuff your grandma probably likes – genealogy, DIY, and Midwestern resourcefulness.

So You’re the One In-Charge of Volunteers?

So You’re the One In-Charge of Volunteers?


Have you found yourself coordinating the efforts of unpaid library volunteers? Would you like to start using volunteers to help provide services in your library? Can you “fire” a volunteer?
Many libraries wouldn’t be able to provide such excellent services to the public without volunteers. Working with volunteers can be tricky though, what are the best ways to communicate with them? What if they aren’t a good fit for your organization? How can you recruit them? Learn some tips and best practices with this webinar.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

¥ Create a library volunteer recruitment and onboarding program
¥ Maintain communication and contact information with volunteers
¥ Identify library services that can be enhanced by volunteer work
¥ Utilize library volunteers with respect and gratitude
¥ Access volunteer work to promote the library’s mission, goals, and programming


Original broadcast August 8, 2020 

Biography ~ Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose is a librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio. She coordinates the library book displays and is responsible for the audio book and board games collections. Maggie coordinates the Home Delivery Service and its volunteers, maintains a volunteer digitization campaign and also teaches computer classes. She sits on the Reference and Information Services Division and Adult Services Division Action Councils for the Ohio Library Council.
Maggie started library work in 5th grade as a shelver and volunteer in her school library. As a teen, she started shelving in her local public library and has held many library positions since. Maggie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a BA in English and minor in classical studies. She received her MLIS from Kent State and has been working as a librarian for 8 years.
Maggie loves gardening, quilting, and camping with her boisterous family, which consists of a spouse, a boy, a girl, a dog, 7 cats, and 9 chickens.

Developing Dynamic Leadership Skills

Developing Dynamic Leadership Skills


Some people seem to be natural leaders, yet anyone can develop the skill set needed with some practice, patience and experience. If you want to take your team, department, organization and career as far as it can go, then you will have to be willing to put in the work to develop your leadership skills and style.

In this interactive and informative program attendees will briefly examine four areas of leadership; communication, accountability & expectations, failure, and initiative and creativity.

As a result of the program attendees will be able to use the information to hone their skills to become a transformative leader for their organization.

Original broadcast June 16, 2020 


Biography ~ Gavin J. Woltjer

Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children. His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.


Going from Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Importance of Good Process Management

Going from Ordinary to Extraordinary: The Importance of Good Process Management

Process Management is a way of looking at and then controlling the processes that are present in an organization. As a business practice it encompasses techniques and structured methods. The goals include identifying and modifying existing processes so they align with a desired, presumably improved, future state of affairs.

Librarians need good process to be successful.  But really how important is standardization?  In this informative webinar, Dr. Dean Russell will discuss the how’s and why’s of process management and the relation to your library’s success in meeting its goals and mission.

Attendees will learn:

• A quick history of how and why process control started
• The myth that having digitized processes creates a clear and coherent organization of these processes
• How processes build performance
• Why processes have to be agile and actionable
• What we can learn from Wikipedia


Original broadcast June 18, 2020 

Biography ~ Dr. Dean Russell

Dean is a Professional Strategic Coach. He helps organizations and businesses increase their effectiveness through leadership coaching, training, and public speaking engagements. He has a gift and passion for helping people and organizations quickly grasp their company’s vision, gain operational traction, and work as a healthy, functional, and cohesive team.
He is a national speaker and recognized expert specializing in business management, leadership improvement, and better employee performance.

Library Leadership 101

Library Leadership 101


Every organization needs leaders to help them achieve the mission and vision. But leadership is also about much more than big picture thinking.

In this informative program we’ll explore how to work with Boards, internal and external partners, and community stakeholders in the role of leadership; garner a basic understanding of different leadership styles, and begin to formalize an understanding of how financial and institutional history play a part in their leadership development.

Original broadcast May 26, 2020 


Biography ~ Gavin J. Woltjer
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children. His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as public historian.

Grant Writing: What the Pro’s Know

Grant Writing Made Easy


Today libraries rely heavily on grant funding, but not everyone has the skills or experience to write a successful grant application. In this interactive and informative session, you will learn the basics of grant writing and management, as well as tips and tricks for making your application stand out above the rest.

Whether you are a seasoned grant writer or a newbie, this session will provide insights into the grant process to boost your confidence and help you write a stellar grant application.

In this program, attendees will learn more about:
• Determining and articulating community needs
• Crafting a needs statement
• Identifying partners
• Defining your project
• The 10 Step Grant Process
• Using the Logic Mode


Original broadcast May 19, 2020 

Biography ~ Lauren Clossey
Lauren Closseyis a Continuing Education Consultant with the State Library of North Carolina. She Coordinate and design all continuing education initiatives for public librarians and library staff throughout the state of North Carolina and evaluates continuing education programs for useful content. She co-manage the State Library’s Drupal website, as well as evaluates and introduce new technologies to State Library staff. She received her MLS from North Carolina Central University and is certified in Educational/Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University.

Biography ~ Amanda Johnson
Amanda Johnson is a Data Analysis and Communication Consultant at State Library of North Carolina. She received her MLIS from from Simmons College and has worked in both public and academic libraries.