Advocacy for Librarians
Instructor: Alison Lewis
Dates: July 6-31, 2015
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 is a member of the teaching faculty at Drexel University’s College of Information Science and Technology. She has over twenty years of experience as a professional librarian in specialized, research, and academic settings. Currently living in Philadelphia, she has advocated locally on behalf of the public library system and nationally for library funding and policy.
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.
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