Tag Archive for 'advocacy'

The 10-Minute International Librarian #61: Think of the last time you attracted a non-user

 As part of libraries’ mission to serve every member of their communities, a key question is how to bring in new users. Among those who do not currently regularly visit library buildings or websites, there may be some – or many even – who are missing out on opportunities that […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #59: Think how you can amplify your voice

If decision-makers are to make choices that favour libraries, it’s important that they know about you. It is a cliché, but often it will be those who shout the loudest who gain the most attention! Of course, you need to be smart about your work to advocate for libraries. You […]

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Dreamers and Schemers: a simple recipe for library advocacy

Studies of human behaviour are often characterised by a distinction between idealism and realism, between emotion and logic, or between the heart and the head. Some decisions and actions we see as being driven by instinct, optimism or by a broader sense of values, while others seem to come down […]

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The 10-Minute International Librarian #47: (Re)read the Sustainable Development Goals

It’s clear – sometimes high-level policy documents can seem a long way away from day-to-day work. They deal in big ideas and big concepts, and can feel too much to do much about on your own. At the same time, they can also offer an opportunity to think into the […]

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Highlighting the Role of Libraries in Protection and Promotion of Diverse Cultural Expressions

2021 is the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, and IFLA has been helping libraries identify where they fit in – and how they can advocate for their role. The UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions is an international framework […]

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The costs of non-access (part 2): why it matters when uses of works are prevented or complicated

In a post last week, we looked at the importance of being able to explain why non-investment in libraries matters. As highlighted, in difficult budgetary times, governments are faced with the challenge of how to make cuts while causing least pain. Being able to explain the harm that reducing or […]

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Fostering creation of Open Educational Resources

From 1 to 5 March 2021, libraries take part in Open Education Week alongside educational stakeholders. In November 2019, UNESCO adopted a recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). This recommendation, a result of a consensus among 193 Member States, recognises the importance of supporting the development, sharing and use of […]

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