Who should advocate?
- A broad mix of individuals
- friends of the library
- resident library users
- local business & community leaders
Effective advocates are educated about the library’s needs, and have a clear message for their audience.
IIFLS library System’s Get Involved Page.
Kathy Setter’s Advocacy notes from ALA 2019 Conference.Confidently Negotiating Political and Financial Support for your Library and Planning tool
- Using Social Media, including the Storytelling with Video and Social Media Advocacy checklists.
- How to Conduct a Virtual Library Tour
- Advocacy University
- Frontline Advocacy
- Library Advocate’s Handbook
- Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries
- The Small But Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library
How do we do it?
- Collect positive comments from library users and share them with your elected officials
.These stories help move local-decision makers about the value of the library to the community.
- Help local elected
officalsby providing reliable information. They have many difficult decisions to make. Give them the information and tools they need to be a library advocate in their govenmentalwork.
- Develop a message that is used consistently by staff, trustees, foundation members and friends of the library. Use the message over and over.
- Create relationships!