Advocacy

  • Sustain Your Smart Space Efforts

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. All your efforts to collaborate with your community to create a space for participatory...

  • Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces

    Libraries have evolved over the past few years to augment their role in providing lifelong learning for their communities. They have shifted from passive to active engagement with community members. They are becoming hubs of collaborative learning, p...

  • How Teamwork Busts the Three Biggest Myths About Library Advocacy

    Many people associate advocacy with lobbying—a full-time job in which one cultivates personal relationships with lawmakers and officials to make or defend key lines in laws, regulations, budgets, and other decisions.

    To many who work in librar...

  • Always Be Listening: How Public Libraries are Approaching Community Engagement as a Mindset

    ALA Annual is always overflowing with sessions to help library staff take a step back and think about their libraries, services, and approach to their communities. This year was no exception, and there were many stand-out sessions dedicated to rethin...

  • From Awareness to Funding: 5 Probable Supporters and How to Reach Them

    If you work or volunteer in a library, you may have heard about the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. If you haven’t read it, here’s the good news: compared to 2008, more voters thi...

  • Are You Ready to Dig into Assessment Data?

    Back in April, WebJunction and OCLC Research hosted the first webinar in a three-part series on assessing, evaluating and sharing your library’s impact. With nearly 300 attendees in the first session, we know that this topic is important to libraries...

  • 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 ...