In this time of economic down turn you may have considered broadening your library services, sharpening up your professional skills or attending a motivating plenary. The problem is in this time of economic down turn you don’t have the funds to become cutting edge. You can use the GMR funding opportunities to make some headway.
Amplify your ILL service - Interlibrary Loan is a service that doesn’t have to change very much. It still works if you don’t do anything. This is an area that can easily be brought into the new millennium. The first thing you can do is to STOP invoicing other libraries for the things that you borrow. Apply for an EFTS Award. The staff at the Electronic Fund Transfer System are happy to assist you with the paper work. The GMR is supoorting funding for it.
Take a class – You may be able to get to a meeting but, that’s it! You can’t take a class too. Apply for the Professional Development Award to cover the cost of the class. You might find that your local community college has a course that you can take. Apply for the Professional Development Award to defer the cost of registration. Consider a meeting that you may not usually go to Internet Librarian, EDUCAUSE, ALA or maybe a health professional meeting. You need to have a project that you are working on that the class will support and the permission of your administration the award is issued through a cost reimbursement. You can only apply for this award once.
Bring in a speaker - Sometimes we could benefit from the opportunity to be reminded that we are a growing profession. The skills that we have, need to be cultivated to remain viable. Consider applying for the Professional Instruction Award to offer your group the opportunity to enjoy a speaker you may not otherwise have been able to invite.