United for Libraries Advocacy Resources

Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success Webinar

United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30. Participants will learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation members, and staff members. The webinar will feature Jeff Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). He is also a member of the Baltimore County Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy. This webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. Register online. Space is limited to 100 participants, however, a recording of the webinar will be made available free to United for Libraries members after April 30.

Other Resources from United for Libraries

Explore the resources available from United for Libraries to help your Trustees, Friends, and Foundation coordinate advocacy efforts on behalf of your library:

  • Getting Started: Tips from United for Libraries
  • Fact Sheet 13: Checklist for Advocacy
  • Making Our Voices Heard: Citizens Speak Out for Libraries : a CD-rom and workbook from Friends of Libraries U.S.A. available as a free download to United for Libraries personal and group members. Non-members can purchase; supplies are limited.
  • 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends by Sally Gardner Reed and Beth Nawalinski: Currently out of print, this book published by Neal-Schuman includes tips and ideas from Friends groups around the country on a variety of subjects including advocacy and public awareness. Personal and group members of United for Libraries may access this publication in PDF format for FREE in the Friends & Foundations Zone or Trustee Zone.
  • Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends by Sally Gardner Reed and Beth Nawalinski: The follow-up to the successful first edition contains all new ideas on advocacy, public awareness, and other issues related to Friends groups and libraries. Available for purchase at a discount to United for Libraries personal and group members. Non-members may purchase directly through Neal-Schuman.
  • Public Service Announcements featuring Paula Poundstone: Created in partnership with Friends of Libraries U.S.A., these downloaded public service announcements can be used free of charge by Friends groups and libraries to promote themselves in the community.
  • Sample Public Awareness Campaign Materials: Available to United for Libraries personal and group members, the "It's Time to Thrive" public awareness campaign materials include public service announcements and a flyer for the public.
  • The Voice: each bi-monthly issue of United for Libraries' newsletter includes articles and tips on advocacy and public awareness. Members and affiliates can access current and archived copies of the newsletter in the Friends & Foundations Zone or the Trustee Zone commencing with the July 2009 issue. Friends groups and Foundation personal and group members may also access archived copies of News Update (FOLUSA's former newsletter) in the Friends & Foundations Zone while Trustee members and affiliates may access archived copies of The Voice (ALTA's former newsletter) in the Trustee Zone.
  • Links to State Resources: See the links to state Friends groups and state resources for Trustees for additional materials and information specific to your state.