Tag Archive for 'advocacy'

The 10-Minute International Librarian #85: Think of a library myth that you can debunk

Libraries have long been key institutions in communities. While this means that we have strong name recognition, it’s not always the case that people know what we’re about. There are a lot of library myths out there. Look up library stereotypes on the internet, and there’s plenty of material. Although […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #76: Update your references

In advocating for libraries, it is always powerful to have data or stories to hand. As mentioned in previous posts, these can make your message stronger and more credible, both in terms of making your arguments real for others, and adding hard facts for the more statistically-minded. Crucially, it means […]

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Upcoming Advocacy Opportunities

Making the most of ‘international days’ and other events for communication and advocacy can be a great way to join the wider conversation, and underlined both the relevance of libraries, and the need for support in order to realise our potential. This post sets out the opportunities open in the first half of 2022, to help with your planning!

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #73: Think of a communications tool that works well on you

Communication is an important part of impact. It allows us to engage more effectively, both with users and with the decision-makers who determine the future of our institutions and profession. Improving our ability to talk about what we do and why it matters is therefore essential. Fortunately, it’s also an […]

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What advocacy activities are libraries undertaking? Analysing the Results of the IFLA Regional Advocacy Priorities Study (Part 2)

IFLA’s Regional Advocacy Priorities Study collected responses from library associations, institutions, and individuals in June and July of 2021 in order to build up an understanding of the status of library advocacy in the world today. Its goal is to get library and information professionals around the world (and in […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #72: Be able to explain the costs of not having libraries

It’s normal to try and be positive in advocacy! Decision-makers will often hear people complaining about not getting what they want, or asking them to come up with solutions. It is understandable, then, that they are keen to find stakeholders who, instead of offering problems, bring answers. However, it is […]

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Which policies matter? Analysing the results of the IFLA regional advocacy priorities study (Part 1)

IFLA’s Regional Advocacy Priorities Study was designed in order to start conversations about where we focus in our advocacy, and how we do it. It is intended, in particular, to stimulate reflection about the focus of coordinated, national-level efforts, such as those carried out by associations, and of course about […]

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