Monthly Archive for June, 2019

The 10-Minute Library Advocate #24: Think What Your Audience Wants to Hear

Advocacy is about getting people to agree with you. When you talk with someone, you want them to understand that you have shared goals, and that you can help them. Especially for decision-makers, who often have to face problems, libraries should look like a solution. To do this, you need […]

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Professional Units and the SDGs – How IFLA’s Committees are Contributing to Work on the 2030 Agenda

IFLA has placed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of much of its work. They are a regular reference in our advocacy for libraries, and have provided a great way of structuring our thinking about the role of our institutions in the world today. At the national […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #23: Find – and Use – Buzzwords

Choosing the right words can make a difference. They can help people make connections in their heads with other issues, placing libraries in a broader context. They can make your message seem more relevant to wider public debate. For example, see our ‘Words of the SDGs’ series that explains some […]

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2019 World Refugee Day

20 June is World Refugee Day, a day to mark the support to the thousands of families who flee their homes every day. Around the world communities, individuals, schools, businesses and institutions such as the libraries are showing solidarity with refugees. Arriving to a new country is never easy! A […]

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The ‘First International Librarian’[1]: Mary Florence Wilson

This blog is the result of a street name. Not an official one, but rather an alternative, proposed for the Route Ferney in Geneva, as part of 100elles, an effort to raise awareness – and recognition – of the contribution of women through history. The alternative name given in this […]

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The 10 Minute Library Advocate #22: Draw an Influence Map

The route to success in your advocacy isn’t always simple. To influence one person – say a mayor, a law-maker or a funder – there can be various routes. As mentioned in previous 10 Minute Library Advocate exercises, it can be powerful to work through someone else – a journalist […]

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The 10 Minute Library Advocate #21: Test Your Arguments on a Friend

It’s not always easy to prepare good arguments. You need to get both the substance, and the style right. But finding the right way to make your point, in the simplest, most convincing way possible can take time. You don’t need to do this alone though. To make sure you’re […]

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