Turning the Page

Public libraries now have two options for building advocacy skills and confidence through Turning the Page! A fully customizable advocacy training curriculum is now available through Turning the Page: Building Libraries, Strengthening Communities; and Turning the Page Online is available for libraries interested in asynchronous learning.

Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities

Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities logoPLA  is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available at www.PublicLibraryAdvocacy.org. This training curriculum is an updated version of Turning the Page that was developed for library associations and networks around the world, with input from the Public Library Association and other grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative.

Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is a complete training package that includes an Advocacy Training Implementation Guide—a recommended read before diving into the curriculum—and a set of 15 training sessions that each includes a trainer script, PowerPoint presentation, and handouts. An Advocacy Action Plan Workbook accompanies the training so participants can develop an advocacy plan for their library in real-time. All materials are free, and we hope you find them helpful. Anyone is welcome to download and use Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities today; the curriculum and other resources are free to use and share!

If you are interested in a more formal training experience, several PLA-trained Turning the Page facilitators are available to help implement the content at your library. All of these facilitators have extensive experience with the Turning the Page content and would bring a dynamic and successful advocacy program to your library.

While the content is free and downloadable, we ask that when using the materials, you include the following attribution: “This content has been adapted in [Current Year] by [Your Organization], based on the Turning the Page advocacy training curriculum developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2014. The curriculum and its original materials can be found in English at www.PublicLibraryAdvocacy.org.” Also, please complete this short survey to tell us how you’re using the curriculum.

Turning the Page Online

Turning the Page Online logoFor library advocates looking for a self-paced option or a quick refresh of advocacy skills, Turning the Page Online is still available.

Turning the Page Online is a FREE library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This highly interactive training program is designed to give librarians, library staff, trustees, and supporters the skills and confidence they need to advocate successfully on behalf of their libraries.

In this self-paced course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library's story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way. This online training offers participants a rich array of learnings. Participants will have the opportunity to mix and match modules, ultimately resulting in the completion of an Advocacy Work Plan. Participants of Turning the Page Online are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library.

Turning the Page Online is a free library advocacy training course developed and presented by PLA with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This highly interactive training program is designed to give librarians, library staff, trustees, and supporters the skills and confidence they need to advocate successfully on behalf of their libraries.

In this self-paced course, library staff and supporters will learn how to create and tell their library's story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain partnerships along the way. This online training offers participants a rich array of learnings. Participants will have the opportunity to mix and match modules, ultimately resulting in the completion of an Advocacy Work Plan. Participants of Turning the Page Online are encouraged to come with a specific, self-determined advocacy goal for their library.

Start the training any time you wish! To register for Turning the Page Online, go to the registration page.

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Whether you are new to library advocacy or are looking for resources to help you conduct advocacy and measure your library’s impact on the community, PLA has the tools, guides, and case studies you can use.