Sarah M. Pritchard wrote “Fundraising: Collaboration, Impact, and Assessment” for portal. A subscription is required to get to the full text.
Most academic libraries are actively involved in external fundraising, whether it’s seeking private philanthropy, foundation support, government grants, or corporate sponsorships. This is not only a major responsibility of the director, it extends more and more to other library staff, including development officers, curators, public relations officers, and associate directors. The recent financial setbacks have had a paradoxical effect, both increasing the need and reducing the availability of these supplementary resources that are so critical to library innovation and the development of distinctive collections and services. In seeking to cope with the enormous changes in the economic landscape of higher education, universities and other institutions are emphasizing greater collaboration and more definitive assessment.