Whose Job Is It Anyway? Library Advocacy from the Frontlines Maureen Ambrosino Youth Services Consultant and “Raging Library Activist” Central Massachusetts Regional Library System
My Journey as an Advocate School Library Journal, January 2008 : Metamorphosis: Or How I Went from Quiet Bystander to Raging Library Activist
“Active support of a cause or course of action.” What is Advocacy?
Legislative Library Administrators Trustees Friends Grassroots Frontline Librarians and library support staff Types of Advocacy
Frontline library advocacy: Library staff-initiated action to: Articulate the value of their respective libraries and their value to their communities. Connectors- Improve the quality of resources and services in their library environment. Frontline Advocacy (cont.)
Involving Frontline Library Staff in Advocacy We all must advocate for the value of our libraries. All of usmust also be able to articulate our value as library employees.