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 has worked in the Library & Information Science programs at both Drexel University and Simmons College, where she has taught introductory courses in reference and professional issues, advanced reference courses in the humanities and social sciences, special collections, and practicum. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society. She is also the Senior Vice President 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.