What makes for a successful library or library system?
Clearly, the energy and dedication of staff plays a major role. We are lucky to have so many inventive and focused people in the field.
But there are also other factors, not least the decisions made by law-makers and funders.
This is why it is so important to advocate, in order to shape their opinions. You can do this directly, or indirectly, by working to build wider public support for libraries.
But in doing this, it’s important to have an idea of your goal. This will help keep your message clear and well defined.
So for our 8th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think of an advocacy priority.
Think about what you might want to change, in order to deliver more for your community. This could be funding, but could also be something else – a law that would give you new possibilities, integration into plans for education, employment or health, or rules around staffing.
Think what would have most impact, but would also be achievable. And don’t hesitate to share here – you’ll likely find many others in a similar situation who can share their experience!
This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Strategic Direction 1, Key Initiative 3: Work with library associations and libraries to identify key legal and funding challenges to their work, and advocate for action.