[baisl] Re: budgeting clarification problems

  • From: Cathy Rettberg <crettberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: baisl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:35:28 -0700

I receive an annual budget with spending items broken down by type:
books/DVDs (durable goods, which sometimes means a new book cart or shelf),
online resources, periodical subscriptions, supplies, memberships & dues,
speaker fees, continuing education. The amounts are based on previous
spending (previous year + a percentage increase) and while they aren't
eager to make large increases they are always open to the discussion if
something comes up. The budget is broken out by type of purchase, but all
that really matters is the bottom line, so if I spend supply money on books
that is my own decision.


Cathy Rettberg, Head Librarian
Menlo School
Atherton, CA

What I'm reading:
*Grasshopper Jungle*/Smith

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Daina Dickman <daina.dickman@xxxxxxxxx>

> I am in my second year as the librarian at my school, so this is the first
> time I have had to handle our ILS renewal.  Last year I checked with both
> the head of lower school (my supervisor last year) and the technology
> director and was told the ILS came from the technology budget.  That was
> how I planned my budget for this year.  Today I was told that the money
> needs to come from the library budget.  It is a pretty substantial amount,
> almost 8% of my annual budget that I had planned to spend on books (I am
> doing a massive updating of our very aged non-fiction books).  An
> unpleasant surprise, especially so late in the school year.
> I have tried multiple times to get clarification from my administration on
> what the "library budget" covers.  I purchased a large storytime carpet
> last year, but it did not come out of my budget, but then when I tried to
> get a display shelving unit I was told it needed to come from the library
> budget.  I just want a straight answer so things can be planned out!  The
> answers I get tend to change later on.  Our entire business office has
> turned over since I began and we have a new technology director this year.
> Can I ask what direction other librarians receive with regards to
> budgeting?  Do you have suggestions on what sort of questions I should be
> asking to get clear answers?  My prior budgeting experience was in public
> and academic libraries and I am at a loss for how to handle this situation.
> Thank you as always for your help BAISL!
> Daina

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