The 10-Minute Library Advocate #44: Define Milestones

Advocacy can take time to achieve success. A combination of actions may be necessary in order to meet your objectives. You could have to hold a number of meetings and events, contact partners, journalists or other influencers more than once. In order to structure your work, you need to think […]

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Choosing to Celebrate Rather than Tolerate

As 16 November is the International Day for Tolerance, we pose a simple question: What, exactly, is tolerance? Is it a passive acceptance for the practices of other cultures, or rather, can it be an active celebration? Perhaps everyone can choose for his or herself. Let’s choose then to celebrate […]

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The Right to the City is the Right to a Library

A key theme at the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, taking place this week in Durban, is how action at the local level contributes to building a better world for everyone. The Summit’s organisers – United Cities and Local Government – have strongly and successfully made the case […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #43: Tell a Friend to Tell a Friend

Advocacy is about being convincing. As mentioned a few times in our series (exercises 14 and 36), it can be more powerful when your message comes from someone other than you. You can try to get a celebrity to speak on your behalf. But you don’t have to focus on […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #42: Think of a Counter-Argument

Advocacy is about changing people’s minds. You want them to think differently and act differently. Sometimes the only problem is simply that they haven’t taken the time to think about libraries before. But sometimes there may be some resistance. You need to be able to explain why they should spend […]

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Libraries at the Heart of Better Cities

World Cities Day 2019 focuses on the fact that to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, it will be necessary to succeed in cities, where more than half of the world’s population lives. Cities, in concentrating people, can also concentrate both opportunities and problems. They can be places where new […]

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7 out of 10: the ARIPO Model Copyright Law

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has released its model copyright law. ARIPO it aims to support the work of intellectual property (IP) teams across Africa, through both country-specific capacity building, and regional-level reports and guidance. Its 19 Member States come primarily from English-speaking Africa (with some exceptions), and […]

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