the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Molly Schwartz, Co-Convener
Library, School, or Organization Name: IFLA’s (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG)
Co-Presenter Name(s): Bridgette Hendrix, Sebastian Wilke
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Washington, DC (USA)
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): LIS students and new graduates
Short Session Description (one line): Become a library advocate with NPSIG! - IFLA NPSIG training session on library advocacy
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Based on the current financial climate and the way that new technologies have revolutionized the way that people find and use information, every New Professional in the library field will have to be an effective advocate for the value of libraries if the field is to survive. While there are real and concrete ways that libraries contribute to and generate economic development, especially in developing countries, in the past library professionals as a whole have been unsuccessful at communicating these realities to lawmakers, stakeholders, and the community at large. It is our intention to educate and train New Professionals so that each and every one of us will be able to succinctly and effectively communicate the value that libraries provide to society at any given time.
This session will focus on providing tools and sharing expertise for library advocacy to library and information students and new graduates. We will go beyond a discussion of the benefits of advocating for the value of libraries and information services and actually give workshop participants concrete examples of how to advocate for libraries. We will discuss social media and other tools for more widespread communication and advocacy work. By the end of the session, participants will come away with a clear understanding of what it means to advocate for their library, as well as strategies for accurately capturing the value of their library and their work and tips for meaningfully communicating that value to various stakeholders outside the library field, especially lawmakers and funding sources.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://npsig.wordpress.com