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2, 4, 6, 8! In ALSC We Love to Advocate!

Are you interested in learning more about how you can build support for your library? Do you also happen to be heading to Cincinnati this week for the 2018 ALSC Institute? If so, have we got a program for you!

The ALSC Public Awareness Committee and the Advocacy and Legislation Committee are excited to share their session titled “Demystifying Advocacy: Building Support for Your Library.” During the hour and a half, we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look into the history of the “Championing Children’s Services Toolkit” – an advocacy resource currently being developed by the Public Awareness Committee to showcase the value of all library staff who work with youth. We’ll talk about a top-secret and super exciting part of our toolkit (spoiler alert, it involves a video that we hope to film at ALA Midwinter!) and then the Advocacy and Legislation Committee will walk you through a fun, hands-on activity which will give you the tools you need to be confident champions for children’s library services.

You work hard and make a difference in the communities that you serve, and we want to make sure you know about the exciting new tools that are being developed – tools that can help you articulate the value of what you do every day. So stop by and say hello! We’d love to hear what advocacy tools you think would be helpful for telling your story!

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“Demystifying Advocacy: Building Support for Your Library” will take place on Thursday, September 27, from 2:45-4:00pm and on Friday, September 28, from 3:30-4:45pm.


Skye Corey, Youth Services Librarian at Meridian Library District (ID), is writing this post for the Public Awareness Committee. She can be reached at

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: V. Outreach and Advocacy and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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