A useful, if often unfocused, look at financial issues as they relate to libraries. However, Warner tries to appeal to so many different types of libraries that there's not enough information for any specific one. This minor problem aside, the manual is appropriate for librarians who need an introduction to making the most of their funds. Chapters touch upon how a budget should work, how to determine a library's strengths and weaknesses, how to utilize volunteers, and how to find financial support through grants and endowments. The chapter on fee-based services will be of significant interest for special libraries. Warner's conversational style makes a dry subject very readable. "Questions to Help You Focus" appear at the end of each chapter, along with chapter notes. The index is not extensive, considering the attention to detail shown in the notes. An appendix of newsletters, books, and articles provides the next step for those in need of further information. Overall, a solid self-starter.--Carol Fazioli, Cardinal Hayes Library, Manhattan College, NY
An introduction to money and budgeting for librarians, reviewing basic concepts of statistics and spreadsheets, describing six popular manners of budgeting (lump sum, formula, line-item, program, performance, and zero-based), and addressing issues of standards and measurements. Examines alternate resources such as grants, volunteers, and fund raising, and discusses fee-based services. Includes tips for planning and presenting a budget, and chapter questions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.