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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #14: Find a Journalist Who Can Write about Libraries

When you’re advocating, you don’t need to do it alone. Sometimes, it’s even more powerful when you have someone else speaking for you. And there are few more powerful voices than those in the media. When a journalist speaks about libraries – and the great work they are doing – […]

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World Heritage Day 2019

World Heritage Day encourages us to celebrate the world’s cultures and to raise awareness of cultural heritage – and the importance of preserving it. In the light of the tragic Notre Dame fire earlier this is week, it is clear that our cultural heritage is not only great, it is […]

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Will Your Collections Be Next? Library Amongst Internet Archive Pages Flagged as Holding ‘Terrorist Content’

The news that the French Internet Referral Unit has flagged over 550 URLs on the Internet Archive as terrorist content is a serious concern for libraries, not least the Smithsonian Libraries, whose page there is among those singled out. Clearly governments have a duty to protect against terrorism, as well […]

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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 #12: Care about Copyright

Laws matter for libraries. They can ensure that local governments have an obligation to run a library. They can decide whether libraries can give internet access or offer services. They can determine what libraries can do with their collections. Copyright has a particular role in the last of these. The […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #11: Sign Up to a Blog or Newsletter About Library-Related Issues

Advocacy is about seeing the bigger picture. To convince others of the value and importance of your work, you need to understand the context in which they work. What are the major issues, the major trends, the hot topics? If you know these, you can make your arguments more relevant. […]

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Leave It Out: How a Copyright Directive Without Article 13 Benefits Everyone

The arguments for Article 13 (now renumbered to Article 17 in the consolidated text) of the EU’s draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market are not strong. Despite protestations that it does not imply that platforms will have to filter content uploaded by users, it is hard to […]

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