Advocacy for Librarians
Instructor: Alison Lewis
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Now more than ever, all librarians need to actively work as advocates for our libraries and for our profession. Through readings, lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises, we will explore the theory and practice of library advocacy. Participants will learn how to define advocacy and articulate the ways it differs from related concepts such as marketing or outreach. We will look at the role of our core beliefs as the starting point for advocacy, understand the need for “internal advocacy” within our own organizations, and become familiar with the best practices for advocacy on the institutional, local, state, and national levels. Those who complete the workshop will come away with draft versions of several advocacy tools and a personalized “Advocacy Action Plan” for moving forward.
Alison M. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. She was formerly a faculty member at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, where she taught advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences, the special collections course, and the practicum. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. She is also the Chief Acquisitions Editor for Library Juice Press and managing partner for Parlew Associates. She has M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four or five cats.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.