Advocacy With a Big "A"

A presentation on the new Aspen Institute Report on Public Libraries

This on-demand webinar focuses on how public librarians and libraries can learn from and use the Aspen Institute’s report, “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” The report distills the thinking and discussion of a select 35-member working group of leaders from the library field, executives from businesses, officials from various levels of government, community development visionaries and education experts.

Originally presented October 27, 2015, as part of the 2015 PLA Leadership Academy.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Understand how the Aspen Institute's report can be used in the context of advocacy to to change the way the general public views public libraries; and
  • Have ideas for implementing the strategies outlined in the report at the local level.

Additional Resources

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in library advocacy and community engagement.


Gina Millsap is chief executive officer of the Topeka & Shawnee County (Kans.) Public Library.

Susan Hildreth is executive director, Peninsula Library System (San Mateo County, Calif.), Pacific Library Partnership (San Mateo, Calif.), and the Califa Group.



This on-demand webinar is free and available 24/7 for your viewing convenience.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

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Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.


If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).