General Guides

Website: Public Library Association
Through tools, training, and education, PLA is committed to providing you with information and resources to help you become an even better advocate for your library.

The Advocacy Action Plan Workbook
PDF: American Library Association

A great starting resource for anyone who needs to create an advocacy plan for your library or your community.

Advocacy, Legislation & Issues
Website: American Library Association
Section of ALA website dedicated to advocacy issues.

ALA Office for Library Advocacy
Website: American Library Association
The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state, and national level.

Everyday Advocacy
Website: Association for Library Service to Children
Everyday Advocacy, an initiative of the Association for Library Service to Children, provides advocacy resources for libraries.

Website: EveryLibrary
EveryLibrary helps secure funding for libraries at the ballot box. They train, coach, and consult with library communities on "Information Only" and "Vote Yes" campaigns.

From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018
Website: OCLC
Findings of the partnership between OCLC and PLA which investigated current perceptions and support among US voters and how they may have shifted since the 2008 report, Awareness to Funding: a Study of Library Support.

ilovelibraries: Your Voice Counts
Website: American Library Association
Initiative of the American Library Association that has a large section with many resources about how to create an advocacy plan, set goals, get organized, deliver your message, target your audience, lobby, and much more.

Library Advocacy Toolkit, January 23, 2012
Article: Library Connect
Full of links to resources which will help you plan an advocacy campaign, create talking points during a campaign, and market your library.

Library Advocacy Unshushed
Massive Open Online Class: University of Toronto
Become a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, passionate, and unshushed!

Public Libraries Online
Website: Public Library Association
Public Libraries Online, a publication of PLA, allows you to search for the advocacy tag throughout all past issues.

Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement, September 18, 2018
Webinar: WebJunction
Consultant Carla Lehn teaches you how to harness the power of skilled volunteers in your community. She also shares success stories of innovative volunteer engagement in libraries of all sizes and budgets.

Value of Libraries

How People Fit Libraries Into Their Lives, March 30, 2017
Article: Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center article about how people have shifted to the mindset of lifelong learners and the implications for librarians.

Pew Research Center: Libraries
Website: Pew Research Center
A list of previous findings by Pew Research Center about libraries.

The Secret Mission That People Yearn to Have Libraries Address, April 3, 2017
Article: Pew Research Center
This Pew Research Center article details the role of libraries and librarians assisting people for trustworthy information and lifelong learning.

Return on Investment Resources

ROI Calculator
Website: Ohio Library Council
2017 ROI Calculator.