• From nonprofits to libraries: Information gathering, communication, and relationship-building--skills that transcend fields

      Yang, Kimberly F. (Elsevier, 2015)
      Employment as a nonprofit professional in grant writing, fundraising, and administration at academic institutions, or community-based nonprofits provides a wealth of information-gathering, communication, and relationship-building skills transferable to librarianship. Information-gathering expertise includes skill in both information-seeking, and curating. In both academic and community settings, seeking funding opportunities requires excellent search skills, as well as an ability to curate and track information on funding proposals submitted, awarded or declined, as well as grant reporting deadlines and submissions. Nonprofit professionals use databases to track donors and their contributions. Skill with such relational databases is useful in the library setting where databases are often used to track patron and service interactions. Communication skills are required to gather information from management and program staff to prepare grant proposals to fund new and existing programs and to prepare grant outcome and evaluation reports. Such communication skills are also used by librarians to communicate with library management, and staff to develop, and evaluate new or existing library services. Relationship-building skills are crucial to both academic and nonprofit fundraisers as they cultivate relationships with individual and corporate donors to engage their support and financial contributions. These same skills foster academic librarians’ outreach efforts to forge relationships with faculty, researchers, and students to support their research efforts, build collaborative relationships, and publicize library services.