Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Virtual Event
Web Seminar
AALL Members - $30; Non-AALL Members - $60; 
Site Registration (one per physical location) $150
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With the constant pressure to utilize dollars effectively, librarians need to understand what it costs to run their department. According to a recent Citibank Survey, library expense is one of the top five expenses for a law firm. Most of our libraries have budgets that are larger than the majority of small businesses in the US. Librarians should be involved in the budgeting process and be seen as fiscally responsible when it comes to preparing and administering the library budget.  Librarians need to be able to clearly articulate information about the budget when questions are raised and better understand accounting processes. Budget knowledge can arm you with information that can be used to review contracts and analyze future needs. 

Topics Covered:
  • Budget overview and processes
  • Finance perspective: what’s important to the firm, accounting processes, why it’s important for librarians to be involved 
  • Value, information and predictability – what management wants to know
Panelist Information:

Monice M. Kaczorowski     
Chief Knowledge Officer
Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP 

Monice joined Neal Gerber Eisenberg in June 2003. Prior to joining the firm, she was Director of Libraries for Ross & Hardies for 14 years. She is a member of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Marketing Committee, works closely with the Marketing Department and attends monthly practice group meetings to develop needs assessments and promote business development within the firm.

Scott Matucha
Director of Accounting
Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Scott is the Director of Accounting for Neal, Gerber and Eisenberg LLP.  He has worked in the Chicago legal industry for the past 14 years.  Scott oversees the Firm’s annual budget process.  He and his group provide monthly reports to Directors and Managers, tracking their actual versus budget expenses for the year-to-date.  Scott received his B.S. in Accounting from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Susan Seibert 
Vice President, Library Services
Professionals Library Service, Inc.

Susan is the Vice President of Professionals Library Services and has been working in the Chicago legal library since 1991. She has a vast array of experience in legal research, online contract evaluation, legal research training and law library collection maintenance and development.  She specializes in helping firms maximize their return on investment in library resources.   Susan has a MLS from the Dominican University and a member of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, AALL and SLA.