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21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries

Special issue call for papers from The Bottom Line

Paper submissions due 1 March 2016

This special issue, to be published in 2016, is guest edited by Susan Sharpless Smith, Associate Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

What is the focus of this special issue?

Funding is a major issue facing both academic and public libraries as financial support for higher education and public institutions continue to decline. Libraries have to find other ways to fund their budgets.

For this special issue, we invite research papers focusing on funding and development strategies for all types of libraries. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
•    Fundraising
•    Capital campaigns
•    Donors
•    Donor cultivation
•    Prospect development
•    Funding sources
•    Entrepreneurial funding
•    Alternative funding
•    Leadership and fundraising (training and experience)
•    Funding for building renovations
•    Stewardship
•    Library development
•    Indirect costs as a funding source
•    Library value from a financial perspective
•    Creative fundraising (campus collaborations)
•    Major gifts
•    Endowments
•    Political strategies
•    Funding campaigns
•    Leadership roles
•    Public vs. private issues and approaches


Initially we are asking for potential authors to submit a proposal to the guest editor Susan Sharpless Smith. Pease contact her via email [email protected] with your proposal by the deadline set below. Opinion pieces and review articles will not be considered for this special issue.

Papers should focus on research relating to funding and development strategies for any type of library. All methodological approaches are welcome. Case studies and pilot studies should present new and unique findings and highlight future research possibilities and developments.

Papers should be up to 6,000 words in length (including references) and in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines.

Please submit to The Bottom Line using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Contact [email protected] if you require any assistance.  Quote the journal name and special issue title with your inquiry.

About the Journal

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances (TBL) is an essential management tool for information professionals.  It is the only journal dedicated to  finance issues for librarians, and this special issue is peer-reviewed. Information about the journal can be found here.

Schedule dates and submission deadlines

Proposal submission: October 15, 2015
Proposal Acceptance: November 1, 2015
Paper submission: March 1, 2016
Notice of review results: April 15, 2016
Revision due: May 15, 2016
Publication: The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, volume 29, issue 2, (August, 2016)