Friday, June 05, 2015

CFP: 21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries, The Bottom Line

21st Century Funding and Development Strategies for Libraries


Special issue call for papers from The Bottom Line

Paper submissions due 31 July 2015

This special issue, to be published in 2016, is guest edited by Susan Sharpless Smith, Associate Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

What is the focus of this special issue?

Funding is a major issue facing both academic and public libraries as financial support for higher education and public institutions continue to decline. Libraries have to find other ways to fund their budgets.

For this special issue, we invite research papers focusing on funding and development strategies for all types of libraries. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
•    Fundraising
•    Capital campaigns
•    Donors
•    Donor cultivation
•    Prospect development
•    Funding sources
•    Entrepreneurial funding
•    Alternative funding
•    Leadership and fundraising (training and experience)
•    Funding for building renovations
•    Stewardship
•    Library development
•    Indirect costs as a funding source
•    Library value from a financial perspective
•    Creative fundraising (campus collaborations)
•    Major gifts
•    Endowments
•    Political strategies
•    Funding campaigns
•    Leadership roles
•    Public vs. private issues and approaches


Papers should focus on research relating to funding and development strategies for any type of library. All methodological approaches are welcome. Case studies and pilot studies should present new and unique findings and highlight future research possibilities and developments. Opinion pieces and review articles will not be considered for this special issue.

Papers should be up to 6,000 words in length (including references) and in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines. For all additional information prior to submission, please contact Susan Sharpless Smith (

Please submit to The Bottom Line using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Contact if you require any assistance. Quote the journal name and special issue title with your inquiry.

About the Journal

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances (TBL) is an essential management tool for information professionals.  It is the only journal dedicated to finance issues for librarians, and this special issue is peer-reviewed. Information about the journal can be found here.

Schedule dates and submission deadlines

Paper submission: 31 July 2015
Notice of review results: 15 September 2015
Revision due: 30 November 2015
Publication: The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, volume 29, issue 1, 2016 (April 2016).

- Detailed information available at

Susan Sharpless Smith
Associate Dean
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
PO Box 7777
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
336.758.5828 (office)
336.758.3694 (fax) (website)