Monthly Archive for September, 2019

Know Your Rights: Libraries and Access to Legal Information

A recognition of the importance of access to information is at the heart of the work of libraries, and the first of IFLA’s core values. This access refers to all types of information, from all sources. Given their focus on the wellbeing of users, what matters in the end is […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #37: Memorise Names and Faces

One way of advocating successfully is to become familiar with key decision-makers or influencers. If you have a close connection, it is easier to share your arguments. But how to build this connection up when you first come across them. A good way to build familiarity is to avoid awkward […]

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Knowledge for Development: Libraries and the Global Sustainable Development Report

The Global Sustainable Development Report was released last week in time for discussions around progress on the United Nations 2030 Agenda at the UN’s General Assembly. The result of a collaboration between experts from different disciplines, from different parts of the world, is arguably the most complete knowledge contribution to […]

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Not Victims but Vectors of Change: Libraries, Climate Action and Peace

Climate change, if left untackled, risks not only being felt in an an ever-more-frequent series of extreme weather events, but also in a growing pressure on our socieites. These pressures – less land, fewer resources, higher migration – have in the past been the cause of conflict. Without action, there […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #36: Get Your Work Recognised

Your advocacy is stronger when you can show the support of others. Being able to point to other sites or sources that talk about your work helps build credibility. It sends the message that it’s normal for people to think that your library is important! But how to make this […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #35: Get Your Delivery Right!

Sometimes in advocacy, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. Even the best arguments and the strongest evidence still need to be presented well in order to have an impact. Sometimes this is a question of the vocabulary you use. Sometimes it’s about your tone, or how […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #34: Stop and Think

Advocacy doesn’t always work first time around. Your targeting, your messaging or your tools may not immediately be effective. This is normal. But it’s not a reason to give up. In fact, this is really useful experience that you can use to improve things. So for our 34th 10-Minute Library […]

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