Advocacy

Being able to demonstrate the impact your library is having on the community can convince decision makers, funders and voters to support your library. Find resources to help gather evidence, use data, and tell the stories that demonstrate the value of the library and show the return on investment it brings to the community. Learn how to amplify your library's value so that you may continue to make a difference in people's lives.

Explore the Advocacy in Action section to learn more about the vital role of public libraries and how to educate the public about the critical funding issues many libraries face. Materials, resources and support are available to libraries who want to engage the support of local community members through fun and innovative campaigns.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Data that Jumps Off the Page

 Document / Last Modified: 18 April 2018

Try this exercise to sharpen your recognition of effective data visualization.

New National Study Reveals Voter Perceptions of Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 06 April 2018

The Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, today released the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries...

Webinar Series: Evaluating and Sharing Your Library's Impact

 News / Last Modified: 28 March 2018

Ensure your library's programs and services are meeting patrons' needs and exceeding expectations by using evaluation techniques that demonstrate results. This three-part webinar series on user-centered assessment and evaluation will help you go from...

The Engaged and Embedded Library

 News / Last Modified: 22 February 2018

Civic engagement is not a new concept for libraries, which have long been active community hubs. However, in this age of library transformation, it is time to escalate the scale of community engagement. On one level, it is survival; it is also the na...