Financial Management for Libraries (2018)
William W. Sannwald
Presenting financial management principles and best practices applicable to both public and academic libraries, this comprehensive text elucidates a broad array of issues crucial for those entering a managerial position. Both thorough and straightforward, Sannwald's treatment
- gives readers a solid grounding in the basics of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on applicability to library management and operations;
- ties budgets and strategic planning to library vision, mission, goals, and objectives;
- discusses the roles of stakeholders such as boards, governmental/municipal bodies, the university, and the community;
- looks at a variety of funding sources, from tax revenue to gifts and donations, and presents sound strategies for including them when projecting income and expenses;
- articulates and discusses the pros and cons of various budget strategies;
- includes sample budgets and forms that can be customized as needed;
- offers expert guidance on modifying budgets for windfalls and shortfalls;
- explains operating ratios, fiscal benchmarking, and metrics, demonstrating how to use these to effectively create and manage a budget and assess the fiscal health of the library; and
- advises on how to effectively prepare and present a budget and annual financial statements to a library's governing agency.
Ideal for course use, this book will also serve as a ready reference for practitioners.