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Wednesday, October 3 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Advocacy Bootcamp

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"Who needs libraries?" Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians, but to our democratic society at large. The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards and deprofessionalization, point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service.

Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. This session will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy, building on the momentum of and key message of ALA’s new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform. The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement. Intellectual Freedom, as the essential brand of librarianship, and as a value that grows from a solid policy infrastructure, will also be covered. Attendees will focus on actionable steps that they can implement in their library. This is joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Presenters
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Megan Murray Cusick

Grassroots Specialist, American Library Association
Megan Murray Cusick is the Grassroots Specialist in ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy. She assists the advocacy efforts of librarians, library staff and advocates across the country, in cooperation with other ALA offices, as well as state chapters and affiliates. She has also provided... Read More →
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April Dawkins

Assistant Professor,, The University of North Carolina Greensboro
April M. Dawkins is an assistant professor in library and information studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her doctorate in library and information science from the University of South Carolina in May 2017, and earned her MLS from NC Central University... Read More →


Wednesday October 3, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Ardmore 1 Embassy Suites Lower Level

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