Hey ALSCers! Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the whole library to provide excellent library services to patrons of all ages and it takes the whole library’s efforts to effectively advocate!
You and your colleagues work hard every day to improve the lives of your community members through the library services you provide. How much of that story is known to your community stakeholders, however? (Especially when it comes to budget renewal time?)
Some easy ways to toot your library’s horn and take action are available from the Everyday Advocacy site.
More ways to advocate are by following ALSC (@alscblog) and EveryDay Advocacy Member Content Editor (@ALAJenna) if you’re on Twitter. Be sure to use #EverydayAdvocacy and #TakeActionALSC when tweeting or retweeting.
There are also many useful advocacy resources available from the American Library Association’s general advocacy site, including a section titled Advocacy University, which breaks down advocacy resources by topic and by audience.
The Young Adult Library Services Association also provides tips and an advocacy toolkit, via their advocacy website. Advocacy tips on that website are broken down by the amount of time available to the advocate to spend on the advocacy activity.
Don’t wait for the crisis moment to share your stories of how your library changes lives every day. Celebrate your library’s awesomeness every day (or at least every week) with ALSC’s Everyday Advocacy and Take Action Tuesday tips!
Today’s blog post was written by Candice Mack. Candice is a Senior Librarian in Adult Literacy & Volunteer Services at the Los Angeles Public Library and a member of the ALSC Advocacy & Legislative Committee. Candice is also a member of the ALA Recruitment Assembly, the YALSA Board of Directors, and is a candidate for YALSA President-Elect, 2014-2015.