If We Build It…: Sustainable Funding in Libraries and Archives (Friday, June 14th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)


It’s a familiar story.

Institution identifies a need. Institution applies for grant funding. Institution receives funding (or fronts the money themselves), on-boards staff, works for months toward a viable outcome. Funding ends. The project sunsets, and workers find themselves on the job market once more.

While many initiatives find their footing, this cycle is all too real in the library, archives, and museum industry. Much-heralded project outputs fall into the rear view. New services end. Workers find themselves in an increasingly contingent labor market.

Please join us for a daylong symposium hosted by METRO Library Council (599 11th Avenue, 8th Floor) on Friday, June 14. We’ll gather to share the stories of projects that got their start with temporary sources of money, hear from grant-makers who are witness to our growing financial needs, and consider potential paths forward.


Register by May 30 for early bird fees! $30 for METRO members and $60 for non-members.

Read more and register here [nam05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com].

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