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The 10 Minute Library Advocate #17: Find and Remember a Great Library Quote

When you advocate, it’s important to choose your words. Finding a great way of expressing the importance of libraries can make the difference when you’re trying to convince someone. But it’s not always easy to find these – not all of us are poets! You don’t always have to choose […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #15: Develop Your Elevator Pitch

Sometimes, you need to be convincing, quickly. While a lot of advocacy is about patient effort over time, you might have an opportunity to spend a minute with a key decision maker – a mayor, a minister, a funder. They’re likely to be busy, with many other things on their […]

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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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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 #10: Take a Great Photo of Your Library at Work

Pictures are powerful. They can both illustrate and support text, but also help make things real. This certainly goes for libraries. They can show activity, a pleasant space, great resources, and help people you’re talking with imagine themselves there. They are an important tool for advocacy, even more so with […]

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The 10-Minute Library Advocate #9: Learn a Great Library Story

Our latest 10 Minute Library Advocate idea comes thanks to Sue McKerragher of the Australian Library and Information Association. Thank you Sue! Statistics are powerful, but so too are stories. This is because the people you are trying to influence do not always think in the same way. Some are […]

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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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