Free advocacy training curriculum now available for public libraries

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/06/2015


Kara O'Keefe

Manager, Membership Marketing


CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available online. 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 and 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 are welcome to download and use Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities; the curriculum and other resources are free to use and share.

For libraries interested in a more formal training experience, several PLA-trained Turning the Page facilitators are available to help implement the content. The facilitators have extensive experience with the Turning the Page content and are capable of delivering this dynamic and successful advocacy program to libraries.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or

The Public Library Association (PLA) is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.