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Lunch and Learn Report: The Foundation Center

by Anne Bao, SLA Georgia Membership Director

On April 27th, I attended a very interesting Lunch and Learn at the Foundation Center’s Atlanta library/learning center. Foundation Center offices are located in Cleveland, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, while the he main office is in New York City. The new location for Foundation Center-Atlanta was previously a bank, underwent extensive renovation, and opened its doors in May 2014.

Stephen Sherman is the senior librarian, and there are two other librarians, one of whom is Lynda Larsen, who is also the Communications Director for Special Libraries Association, Georgia Chapter. I was given a complete tour of the library facility, which is bright and cheery because of its large windows. There is a separate training/instruction room equipped with a 72-inch display monitor that is operated by touch and includes a webcam.   Functions performed by the library/learning center include being curators of the library’s collection of materials on fundraising and nonprofit management, providing in-depth resource consultations for Foundation Center patrons, and maintaining the Center’s online GrantSpace portal. Instruction is given on grant seeking and proposal writing. The library is open to the public, and most materials can be checked out by patrons. The Atlanta location has approximately 4,000 items in its print collection, including soft cover reports.

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information concerning philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants-a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center’s web site each day and are served in its five library/learning centers and at more than 470 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.

To view photos of the Foundation Center Atlanta Library and our other April 2015 lunch at the Defense Forensic Science Center, visit SLA Georgia’s Flickr page.

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