Tag Archive for 'advocacy'

The 10-Minute Library Advocate #27: Follow Up!

Advocacy is about building relationships. While it’s an important first step to talk to a politician, funder or influencer, and get their business card, you can’t stop there. Indeed, the more important they are, the busier they are likely to be. They need to be reminded of the time you […]

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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 #13: Wear a Pin or a Badge

Advocacy is about conversations. You need to engage decision-makers – and the people that influence them – and build their understanding of the importance of libraries. In this way, you can encourage them to take action! But how to start that conversation? A great way to do it is to […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #8: Think of a Partner You Can Work With

No library is an island! Your library is an important part of the community you serve. And within that community there should be other people or groups who understand what you do and support you. This is the case, whether you’re in a public or community library serving a local […]

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Where Fair Use and Fair Dealing is Being Fought For

This week is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. It’s an opportunity to look at where librarians around the world are involved in efforts to defend and promote Fair Use and Fair Dealing. They are doing this because copyright rules that give librarians the space to adapt and update their practice make […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #6: Find Out Who’s In Charge

The end goal of advocacy is to affect decision-making. You want to encourage those who have power – or resources – to support your library, library system, or libraries in general. Of course advocacy itself is about preparing the ground – building understanding, changing attitudes, creating the motivation to act. […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #5: Think of Three Things Your Community Cares About

Libraries have always had a mission to respond to users’ needs. But to win the support of your community, it’s important to make it clear that you care about the things that matter to them. This is a lesson that politicians have long understood. People will vote for a candidate […]

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