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  1. Stand for the Banned Read-Out

    Your words have power. Stand up to censorship and declare your literary freedoms by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera. Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country hav ...

    EDIAZ - 08/24/2017 - 13:50 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  2. Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament at Your Library

    Join the celebration of “Words Have Power” at your library. The American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating Banned Books Week (September 24-30) with a national Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. The Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament challenges readers t ...

    KPEKOLL - 08/15/2017 - 15:18 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  3. 7. Reach Decision Makers

    Decision-makers receive hundreds of policy requests each day.  In this chapter, you’ll learn how to get your message heard among the tumult.  Now that you know what your message is and who you’re speaking to, here you’ll learn how to be most influential i ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/18/2017 - 10:58 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  4. Advocacy Clearinghouse Teaser: Project Outcome

    Project Outcome Wherever public libraries are working, possibility lives. Project Outcome is a free toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the true impact of essential library services and programs by providing simple surveys and a ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/17/2017 - 11:49 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  5. 4. Engage Community & Build Coalitions

    It can be hard to travel the advocacy road alone, so it’s important to make sure others are joining you in your advocacy efforts. This chapter outlines how to build and maintain coalitions within the library community so you have a strong group of support ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/18/2017 - 10:58 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  6. 5. Know Your Audience

    When advocating for your library, it’s crucial to know who you’re talking to. Understanding who your decision-makers are will determine the course of your discussion and how you address your issues. This chapter includes information on how to research you ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/18/2017 - 10:58 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  7. 3. Stay Informed

    Too often our decision makers have outdated ideas of libraries and librarians and don’t understand our stake in key policy issues like net neutrality, copyright and privacy. We need to amplify how all libraries are enablers and catalysts  of  opportunity  ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/18/2017 - 10:58 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  8. 1. What is Advocacy?

    To engage in advocacy means to plead or argue for a cause, without reference to the particular audience. In other words, anything you do to promote the interests of your library can be considered advocacy. This applies whether you’re working with elected ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/18/2017 - 10:58 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  9. 2. Make Time

    Life as a librarian is incredibly busy, but advocacy doesn’t need to take hours out of your schedule. In this section you’ll find some information and resources on how to get involved in effective advocacy activities that take an hour or less. After going ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/18/2017 - 10:58 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  10. Advocacy Clearinghouse Teaser: Making Budget Presentations

    Making Budget Presentations Creating and presenting a library budget is not just a matter of assigning numbers to line items on an Excel spreadsheet and presenting it to a group of officials. Library budgeting is an ongoing activity, with many parts and m ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 09/14/2017 - 21:36 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

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