Advocacy

  • New National Study Reveals Voter Perceptions of Libraries

    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

    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...

  • Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

    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...

  • Bike the Branches at Brooklyn Public Library

    On May 20, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) hosted the fifth annual Bike the Branches event, a day-long bike ride through BPL's 60-branch system, including a race for both amateurs and professionals, self-guided tours for the more leisurely bikers, and ...

  • Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

    Your role in your public library elevates you to a community leader and change agent. No matter your formal title or the size of your library, you have the opportunity to meet and evolve with your communities' changing needs. As a central learning an...

  • What's Your Story?

    You need to tell your story. Whether you call it story-telling, marketing, advocacy, promotion or community outreach, you need to make your library's story heard in your community. To tell your story effectively, you must understand your own...

  • Getting Feedback with Patron Surveys: West Custer County Library

    Checking in with patrons is important, whether to measure awareness, satisfaction, or to get input before small or big changes. However, many factors can keep libraries from obtaining that feedback—lack of staff time or experience, for example. <...

  • IMLS FY 2013 Public Libraries Survey Reveals Increase in Participation

    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. <...

  • Bite-sized Advocacy, Part 2: Be Unexpected - Creative Marketing to Attract Attention

    It doesn't take a Super Bowl-sized advertising budget to get powerful messages about your library in front of your community in unexpected venues. However, research shows that to be most effective at reaching your advocacy goals, you'll need to get t...

  • Bite-sized Advocacy, Part 1: Take Time to Plan

    Those of us living in the smoky western US this summer are keenly aware of the tremendous resources it takes to manage and respond to a fire. In libraries, situations arise every day that—like fires—require intense focus and quick response depending ...