Advocating for Your Department and Library

Tuesday, 6/4/2019 - Wednesday, 6/5/2019

an ALCTS Virtual Preconference  2019 ALA Annual

Libraries are continuing to evolve not only technically, but also politically. Due to the current political climate, it is becoming more important for libraries to advocate for the values that they stand for, including code of conduct, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This preconference will explore different ways libraries can be influential for advocating for their services as well as their values.

Session 1

Trouble Your Magic: Technical Services is Advocacy
Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

Library workers in technical services and technologist roles are significant actors in shaping library cultures. How can we become conscious advocates in our systems, standards, and initiatives? How can we challenge the narrative that library systems happen elsewhere? This talk describes ongoing tensions in technical services work while offering potential points of entry for library workers interested in advocacy from 'behind the scenes' positions.

Session 2

Organizing for Change
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT

How do we get our libraries from where they are to where we want them to be? Advocacy for the things that matter isn't magic. It begins and ends with library skills: clarifying demands, making lists, talking to each other, and coming together when it matters. Drawing on experience from both union and library work, this presentation will offer strategies for building power collectively in order to move us, our libraries, and our communities forward.


This virtual preconference is co-sponsored by LITA and LLAMA, divisions of the American Library Association.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will learn new strategies on advocating for their libraries
  • Participants will be exposed to social issues that are being addressed in other libraries throughout the country
  • Participants will learn how advocacy leaders in the field work with their colleagues to effect change

Who Should Attend

Librarians, staff, and information professionals interested in learning about social issues surrounding libraries in this political environment. Librarians seeking to learn strategies on advocating for your department, your staff, your library and your community.


Emily Drabinski

Emily Drabinski is Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She edits Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books.




Angela Galvan

Angela Galvan manages electronic resources for Brown University Library. Her research interests include critical algorithm studies, decay in technology and infrastructure, and digital estates. Angela is an editor for Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.










Participant ($USD) ($USD)
ALCTS Member (individual) 43 69
Nonmember (individual)       59 95
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point.     129 206

All sessions are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the session recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the virtual preconference at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.  

How to Register

Complete the individual session online registration form or the complete series online registration form. Sessions are listed by date and you must log in.


Contact us to register:

Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 to reach our customer service representatives or

Register by mail for the session you would like to attend. (If you receive an error message after clicking the "register by mail" link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.)

ALCTS Code of Conduct

Please review the ALCTS Code of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or