Advocacy & Communications

Advocacy is a “planned, deliberate, sustained effort to raise awareness of an issue or issues. Advocacy is thus an ongoing process whereby support and understanding are built incrementally.” Advocacy is not strictly public relations or marketing, but incorporates aspects of both of these, as well as lobbying, and storytelling. (Source: Canadian Association of Public Libraries, 2011. Library Advocacy Now! A Training Program For Public Library Staff and Trustees)  SLA’s advocacy efforts are both proactive and reactive in that the organization provides leadership in promoting libraries and librarians and provides position statements in reactions to ongoing issues affecting libraries.

Advocacy and Community Engagement

The 2016-17 Advocacy Committee continues to build on the work done last year, and a trainer was brought in to inform the members about advocacy and extend their own learning. A well-structured plan, combined with research, led each committee member to contribute to the work and provide a series of articles, a set of tools and a bibliography.

The committee will hold a session at the 2017 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference to help participants structure a plan to advocate or build community engagement around the work of their local library.

SLA has produced a series of background papers on advocacy that will be of use as we move into our third quarter century:

Advocacy and the 2017 SLA Conference

Advocacy — the Basics

A Time for Action

Influencing and Telling Stories

Community Engagement

Getting Started and Action Planning

How Do You Respond?  A summary of responses to an advocacy activity at the November 3, 2016 Happy Hour.  How Do You Respond?

Position Statements

Resources and Toolkits

 

The 2016-17 Advocacy Committee continues to build on the work done last year, and a trainer was brought in to inform the members about advocacy and extend their own learning.

 

A well-structured plan, combined with research, led each committee member to contribute to the work and provide a series of articles, a set of tools and a bibliography.

 

The committee will hold a session at the 2017 Saskatchewan Libraries Conference to help participants structure a plan to advocate or build community engagement around the work of their local library.

 

SLA has produced a series of background papers on advocacy that will be of use as we move into our third quarter century.

 

<<links to the pdf docs>>

Advocacy at the SLA Conference

Advocacy – the Basics

A Time for Action

Influencing and Telling Stories

Community Engagement

Getting Started and Action Planning

Communications provides members of SLA and the public with valuable information about the association, libraries in other sectors, and library workers.  Content is published and made available in various formats:

  • News Flashes -regular timely and focused alerts that are sent to members on SLA listserv
  • SLA website
  • SLAte – monthly online newsletter of the association
  • Social media –Facebook and Twitter at #saskla

 

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