Funding Referendums for Small & Midsized Libraries
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


Small and midsize rural libraries are wholly underfunded. Most operate on an annual budget of less than $150,000. The more rural the library, the less capacity it has to secure sustainable and supplemental resources. This program will offer a step-by-step approach to work with your library system to improve services by leveraging stable funding within your community. Real case studies and practices from successful campaigns will give participants the conviction to lead a grass roots initiative for stable public funding far into the future.

Lunch is on your own. We have facilities if you would like bring your own lunch.

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Brian M. Hildreth and Margo Gustina
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Brian is the Executive Director of the Southern Tier Library System. Brian has served in rural libraries since 2004. As a library director and system director, he has worked on several campaigns that have secured funding increases ranging from 25% to 230%. He believes all rural libraries can achieve their ideal funding levels through thoughtful planning and transparent campaigns. Brian is a 2010 NYLA Mary Bobinski Innovative Library Director Award recipient and previously served on the Public Libraries Section of NYLA from 2011 – 2016. He is a proud active member of the New York library community.


Margo is the Deputy Director of Trustee Development at the Southern Tier Library System. Margo joined the Southern Tier Library System in 2014. As Deputy Director, she has been a champion for rural libraries through sustainable practices. Her areas of expertise include social justice, trustee development, strategic planning and funding referendums. She is a co-creator of the NYLA Sustainability Initiative and co-presenter of the “Hooray for ____!” workshop series. Margo has also just been recognized as a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

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