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Library Financial Management Training 


This training has been specifically designed for library staff.

Library financial management is an important issue for library administrators, staff at all levels and trustees. In order to assist libraries in dealing with fiscal issues the Library of Michigan created the 90 page Public Library Financial Management Guide in 2014 supported by an LSTA grant. This training will utilize the Public Library Financial Management Guide written by Abraham & Gaffney P.C.  Additionally, our speaker Jim Smith, has a wealth of supplemental information he has added to the management guide.

Each participant will go back to their library with an in-depth Library Financial Management guide to be used and shared with their library staff.  The guide as well as the supplemental materials will also be available on-line to share with library staff.  Participants will also leave with examples and suggested formats for financial reports and budgeting that they can begin implementing immediately at their libraries.

Library Financial Management Training Agenda


Presenter - Jim Smith:

In 1988, Mr. Smith graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in accounting. After graduation, he started his career at the Missouri State Auditor’s Office (SAO) where he advanced to role of In-Charge Auditor. Also, while employed with the SAO, he became a licensed Certified Public Account (CPA) in the State of Missouri on February 28, 1991. In 1995, he changed positions and went to work as an accountant at the Columbia Public Schools. He remained with Columbia Public Schools until the year 2000 when he was employed by the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL). Currently, he is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Daniel Boone Regional Library.  Mr. Smith will utilize the information found in the Financial Management Guide but will add additional materials that he has found helpful specifically for library staff in his  role of CFO at Daniel Boone Library.



Wednesday and Thursday, August 17-18, 2016 at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel in Columbia, Missouri.

Workshop Hours:

  • Wednesday, August 17: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, August 18: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Register early as there are a very limited number of seats available for this workshop. Registration closes August 10, 2016.


There are a very limited number of seats available for purchase for this workshop.  No refunds will be given for cancellations after July 27, 2016.


  • MALA Member: $149.00 (includes lunch both days)
  • Non-Member: $249.00 (includes lunch both days)

Please contact Mary Puhr with questions regarding membership status.  Not a member? MALA memberships start at $25 per year per person.