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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IMLS Survey Report: Public Libraries in FY2012

 News / Last Modified: 21 August 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: 21 August 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. <...

Great Ideas for Innovative Community Engagement

 News / Last Modified: 26 June 2019

A recent Huffington Post article tells of a Facebook experiment that spawned over 150 community-generated ideas on the future of Miami's libraries. Rebecca Fishman Lipsey and Francine Madera, in 100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A Ne...

The Engaged and Embedded Library

 News / Last Modified: 19 December 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...