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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The Engaged and Embedded Library

 News / Last Modified: 13 September 2019

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...

Advocacy 101: When Advocacy Becomes Second Nature

 Webinar / Last Modified: 12 September 2019

A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on the basics of library advocacy and how to integrate advocacy into your everyday and into your community relationships.

Geek the Library: Impact and Outcomes

 Webinar / Last Modified: 09 September 2019

Join us for this webinar to learn about the impacts and outcomes of Geek the Library, the national public awareness campaign that has increased public support and funding for libraries around the country.

IMLS Survey Report: Public Libraries in FY2012

 News / Last Modified: 05 September 2019

This week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report for the Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics....

IMLS FY 2013 Public Libraries Survey Reveals Increase in Participation

 News / Last Modified: 04 September 2019

This week the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released the report Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2013, which found shifts in Americans' interaction with public library materials, programs and services. <...

Telling the Library Story

 Webinar / Last Modified: 04 September 2019

Archive and related resources for a webinar presented on August 23 by Jamie LaRue which focuses on turning the evidence of our daily patron encounters into short, compelling, and memorable messages that build support.

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

 News / Last Modified: 04 September 2019

Libraries and library staff are skilled in their ability to adapt to meet the changing needs of their communities. Step into today's library, and you might find expanded collections that include everything from telescopes to fishing poles to sewing m...