Advocating for Your Department and Library

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

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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.



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