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Library resources that give you information on money management. Money Smart @ Your Library Week is April 5-12, 2014.
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What is financial literacy?

According to The President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, financial literacy is 

"the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being."

(2008 Annual Report to the President)

Use the information in this Library Guide to learn about managing your money now as a student and throughout your life and career.



Please be aware that while Library Services provides many excellent resources and reference librarians to assist you in accessing them, librarians do not provide financial or legal advice.  If you need assistance with a money decision, we urge you to contact a qualified financial professional.


What is Money Smart Week?

In 2002, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago launched Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Hundreds of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media come together once a year in this campaign.  They pool resources to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.

Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning.  The American Library Association is a major partner in this campaign.  


Money Smart @ Your Library Events 2014

Take advantage of these events that will point you toward resources to manage your money.  Check back often as events are added to the schedule.  See below for how to join these events online.

Monday, April 7

10:00-11:00am: KEYS Program presented by Susan Bennett. 

Join in-person: Marple 2256

Joine online:

Tuesday, April 8

Student Showcase! Q-time (11:05am - noon): Making Money in College presented by the Student Business Society. 

Join in-person: Marple 2256

Join online:

Student Showcase! Noon-1pm: Multi-level Marketing Companies presented by William Rickards, Communitarian correspondent (p. 9).

Join in-person: Marple 2256

Join online:

5:30-6:30pm: Money Smart: Financial Literacy.  Information table.  Join in-person: SEC Lobby.

Wednesday, April 9

11:15am-12:15pm: Identity Theft presented by Chief Joe Ryan of the Delaware County Investigation Division

Join in-person: Marple 2331

Join online:

Thursday, April 10

Q-time (11:05am–noon):  "Managing Your Money in College" presented by Julie Vetack of Sovereign Bank.

Join in-person: Marple STEM 2418 

Join online:

Q-time (11:05am-noon): Money Smart: Financial Literacy.  Information table.  Join in-person: SEC Lobby.

Friday, April 11

2:30-3:30pm: Money $mart: Resources for Financial Literacy presented by Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Marple Reference Librarian. 

Join in-person: Marple Learning Commons Classroom 4536.

Join online:

Thursday, April 24

Q-time (11:05am-noon): Ellie Knickman, SEC Reference Librarian, locates info on being Money Smart Starting Now.  Co-sponsored by Career and Counseling Center.  Join in-person: SEC room 121.


How to view a M$W Webinar on your computer

(These instructions are geared toward an MS Windows operating system, but aspects may be helpful for other systems as well.)

To join an event online: be sure you have a set of headphones with a 1/8 inch jack that will enable you to listen to the presenter.

At least 5 minutes before the start of the session, go to

Click the “Join Online” link.  Click “Citrix Online Launcher” if prompted.  If not prompted, click “Install GoToMeeting.”

Choose “Save File” in the dialog box.  There may or may not be a green download arrow to click.  If not, click the Windows Start button in the lower left of the screen.  Click “Downloads”, DOUBLE CLICK Citrix Online Launcher.exe, and choose “Run” in the dialog box. 

The Waiting for Organizer box will open.  Plug in your headset and click “Test your audio setup” to see if you need to adjust anything in order to hear the program comfortably. 

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Sarah Hartman-Caverly, MS(LIS), MSIS
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