Partnering for Dollars: Using Grant Opportunities to Build Community and Provide Programming
"I'm off to the Arts Council." "I will be at the public radio station." These are the excited statements from a busy librarian working to develop arts and lectures programs at an academic library. Academic libraries have a rich history of providing programs to enrich the lives of their students and faculty. For an academic library without an active Friends group, allocating librarian time to partner with the community is one way to ensure lively arts and lectures programs. By partnering for national grants, we have been able to expand the breadth of our offerings while maintaining energetic partnerships with the surrounding community. Such partnerships ensure meaningful and timely programs for the students, faculty, and people living within the Sonoma State University (SSU) area, which is located in Rohnert Park, California. This chapter will discuss the partnerships on two grants-the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read project and the American Library Association's Let's Talk about It project.