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Useful Links For Frontline Advocacy

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This is a third PowerPoint presentation I created as part of the self-paced tutorial on Frontline Advocacy.

This is a third PowerPoint presentation I created as part of the self-paced tutorial on Frontline Advocacy.


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  • 1. Useful Links for Frontline Advocacy A Third PowerPoint Presentation by Caroline Han Pasadena Public Library
  • 2. Websites
    • Advocacy & Legislation : At this site by ALA, visitors will find everything they need to promote their library.
      • Advocacy Clearinghouse
      • Advocacy University
    • Frontline Advocacy for Public Libraries : This outline, provided by ALA, teaches viewers what they need to know regarding Frontline Advocacy and how it relates to public libraries.
      • Be sure to visit the links to the PDFs sprinkled throughout!
    • Camila Alire , ALA President : The creator of Frontline Advocacy has plenty of information and links on her creation.
    • I Love Libraries : ALA created this site – an example of how to enact Frontline Advocacy online - for the general public. It provides information for general visitors on how to support their local library.
    • @ Your Library : Another ALA-sponsored site that advocates libraries to the general public.
  • 3. Slide Shows
    • Frontline Advocacy for Libraries : This online, self-paced tutorial instructs a viewer on the basics of advocating on behalf of his or her local library. Includes streaming videos.
    • Spring Assembly 2010: Frontline Advocacy : This presentation by Royce Kitts is a good introduction on frontline advocacy for the novice.
    • Playing Politics : For those who are squeamish about the idea of “politics” or “schmoozing,” Christine Tobias provides useful advice and tips.
    • Library Advocacy Kit : This easy-to-comprehend toolkit by Laurie Boettcher has “easy advocacy tips” and guidance on how to implement and enact an advocacy plan.
  • 4. Videos
    • Advocacy on the Frontlines with Dr. Camilia Alire : The 2009-2010 ALA director talks about the importance - and potential - of frontline advocacy to libraries. Part of “Frontline Advocacy for Libraries.”
    • Tour the Library : A presentation by Harper College Library highlights importance of academic libraries. Also part “Frontline Advocacy for Libraries.”
    • Stephanie Vance on Advocacy : The creator of AdvocacyGuru.com shares 3 vital and timely tips on effective advocacy for libraries.
    • Advocacy On The Frontlines with Rochelle Logan ( Part II ): The Associate Director of Support Services for the Douglas County Libraries discusses types of advocacy.
    • Advocacy On The Frontlines with Hampton Auld ( Part II ): The director of Durhan County Library talks about training staff in frontline advocacy.
  • 5. Now that you know everything, it is time to test your knowledge! “ Students make 1.5 billion visits to school library media centers during the school year -- or 5.5 times as many visits to national parks” (Quotable Facts About America's Libraries, 2010, p. 1) “ Public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without internet connections at home, school or work” (Quotable Facts About America's Libraries, 2010, p. 2)
  • 6. Questions
    • What is frontline advocacy involves lobbying and meeting with legislators: true or false?
    • Only employees who work in the public spotlight are frontline advocates: true or false?
    • According to the theory of communication, how many people do each person talk to?
    • Who is a library’s best advocate?
    • What was the example offered in the first slideshow’s second video?
    • What fruit was featured in Royce Kitt’s slide show?
  • 7. Questions II
    • According to Vance, what is (currently) the first and most important point librarians must focus on?
    • What is the second point?
    • What is the third point?
    • Did Rochelle Logan’s initial top-down campaign succeed? What about her second grassroots campaign?
    • What is the ideal length of a library message?
    • How many books do Americans check out yearly, on average?
  • 8. Questions III
    • What are not 1 of the 6 good excuses that won’t work?
      • “ I won’t know what to say.”
      • “ I don’t even work with patrons in my job!”
      • “ I won’t make any difference anyway.”
      • “ I haven’t undertaken any training or gone over any scripts yet.”
      • None of the above.
    • What are not 1 of the 6 ingredients for success?
      • Understand your library and its strengths, offers, et al.
      • Pick the right time and opportunity to advocate.
      • Say “Thank you!” to patrons.
      • Don’t be shy – be courageous and advocate to everyone you know!
      • None of the above.
  • 9. Answers
    • False.
    • False.
    • Eight.
    • You!
    • Interlibrary loans.
    • Avocados. 
  • 10. Answers II
    • The economy.
    • Knowing and acknowledging the current state of the economy.
    • Importance of citizen advocacy.
    • No, no. 
    • 15 words or fewer.
    • 7.
  • 11. Questions III
    • D.
    • D.
    • Were you expecting “None of the above” each time?
  • 12. The End Thanks for reading! Be sure to visit Advocacy University at the ALA website for reference!