Tag Archive for 'advocacy'

Banned Websites Awareness Day

Internet filtering – that is, highly restrictive internet filtering – is a problem in some school libraries, and it can negatively impact student learning and achievement. With that in mind, the American Association of  School Librarians (AASL) designated Wednesday, September 28 as the first annual Banned Websites Awareness Day in order “to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”

Schools all over the country participated in Banned Websites Awareness activities and some were featured in the New York Times. Colorado’s own Silver Creek High School in Longmont “held a “graffiti debate” on censorship on Wednesday: Should schools block Web sites? On sheets of white butcher paper hanging in the library, they wrote lists of the pros and cons of online access.” Silver Creek’s librarian, Phil Goerner, organized the debate to encourage students to think more deeply about ethical issues related to censorship, including how it can take away a person’s voice. Continue reading ‘Banned Websites Awareness Day’

What’s Next?! – Library Advocacy and BHAG 3.0

On behalf of Shelley Walchak:

Library advocacy can’t just start and stop. It needs to be continuous. (Because those who speak against the public sector don’t take holidays.) To that end, I wanted to announce two things:

  1. The BHAG website is still up and running, still the go-to place for ideas, tips, and support.
  2. BHAG 3.0 is about encouraging all of us to start coordinating our messages. Which messages? The same four, because YOU HAVE TO REPEAT MESSAGES MANY TIMES BEFORE THEY ARE COMMUNICATED. (Sorry to yell at you.)

The top post at the BHAG website explains all this in more detail. But here’s the brief focus: between October and December, we should all try to underscore a message that resonates well with our patrons. That message is:
“Libraries build community.” Continue reading ‘What’s Next?! – Library Advocacy and BHAG 3.0′

Did You Know? – JeffCo!

I saw a notice recently about a library awareness campaign running from the Jefferson County Public Library. This is interesting advocacy strategy and one more way to help drive traffic to the library’s site. After a period of several weeks, the library will post a survey testing the knowledge its visitors, with an opportunity to win gift cards worth $70. You’ll find more detail, plus learn some things about the library at the DYK page.

Losing Libraries site

On behalf of Gene Hainer:

Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal Editor-in-Chief, has asked me to bring this site to your attention if you haven’t already seen it: www.LosingLibraries.org.

Reduced hours in Boulder and Lafayette, and the closures in Aurora are listed, as is the BHAG advocacy initiative.

The prominent “Report Cuts” button allows sending of newspaper stories and annotations…and to report successes. The site seems geared toward public libraries, but doesn’t appear to restrict inclusion of layoffs, reductions, or closures in other types.

I encourage you to keep the site updated as changes happen in your library. While no one wants to flaunt bad news, showing an accurate picture is important as Colorado braces for further budget battles locally, and at the state level.

Once the site is more fully populated, Library Journal will send out press releases to major media around the country.

Thank you for your help on this.

Use National Story to Raise Awareness of Library Value

Recently the Today Show ran a segment on the important role libraries play during the recession, using data and resources provided by the ALA and public libraries: Libraries lend a hand in tough times

The ALA Public Information Office worked with the Today Show on this segment and has followed up to encourage NBC affiliates to take up the story locally. But you can help extend the reach of this positive story
in several ways: Continue reading ‘Use National Story to Raise Awareness of Library Value’

Economic Hard Times Toolkit from ALA

This could be a great help to libraries in framing our message in hard times.  Valerie

Chicago —  A new web-based resource has just been released that will help library advocates make the case for libraries during times of economic downturn. The “Advocating in a Tough Economy” toolkit is available at www.ala.org/tougheconomytoolkit <http://www.ala.org/tougheconomytoolkit>.  


 “With city, county, state and federal budgets under increasing pressure, we need to be making the case for libraries more than ever. All too often, libraries are the first to receive budget cuts. Funders need to understand the essential role that libraries play in our society and economy, with usage up significantly, and increasing numbers of people coming to libraries for job-related services, for access to government assistance programs, and as a way of making their money go further.” says Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director. “The new toolkit will arm librarians and library supporters with the facts and strategies they need to speak out effectively for libraries in this tough economy,” 


“The toolkit contains information on how to work with decision-makers, ways to work with the media, and talking points to help libraries articulate the role of libraries in times of economic downturn. Talking points on the economic value of libraries, with return-on-investment examples; libraries and the economy; and upswings in library usage are included.  Users are also invited to share their stories of how they have successfully advocated. Recent media coverage of libraries is also featured.  


This resource is part of the “Advocacy U”, ALA’s new initiative geared to providing tools, training and resources to library advocates achieve real advocacy goals in real situations at the local level. Learn more at www.ala.org/advocacyuniversity 


 “The Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit” is also a work in process. Updates and improvements will be implemented as new information and new success stories become available. 

“Better Library Instruction” Workshops

Nance Nassar of the Colorado State Library is holding another round of her “Better Library Instruction” workshops.  This year they focus on the new “Standards for the 21st Century Learner” and how to strategically integrate them into lessons taught collaboratively. She will also help participants learn to use technology to build advocacy in their schools.

Teacher librarians, classroom teachers, specialists, and anyone else who is interested is invited to attend.

There will be 12 all-day workshops around the state:

  • Thursday, October 23, 2008:  ALAMOSA
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2008:  LA JUNTA
  • Thursday, October 30, 2008:  BRUSH
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2008:  LOVELAND
  • Thursday, November 20, 2008:  DENVER
  • Thursday, December 4, 2008:  WESTMINSTER
  • Thursday, December 11, 2008:  CASTLE ROCK
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2009:  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2009:  GRAND JUNCTION
  • Thursday, February 5, 2009:  PUEBLO
  • Friday, February 6, 2009:  COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Tuesday, February 17, 2009:  GLENWOOD SPRINGS

Be sure to register at least one week in advance! Registration opens Wednesday, October 1, 2008, and is $25 per person (this includes the cost of breakfast, lunch, and materials). We hope to see you there!

Youth Services Workshops

October is just around the corner, and with that comes crisp Fall air, crunchy leaves beneath your feet, and the State Library’s annual Youth Services workshops. This year, the workshops follow a new 4-part format:

Morning Session:

  1. Summer Reading 2009: “Be Creative @ Your Library”
  2. Teen Services:  NEW!  (not just summer programs!)

Afternoon Session:

  1. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy: CLEL resources and advocacy
  2. Youth Services:  Advocacy and evaluation

Workshops are available in 5 locations around the state:

Front Range Area:

  • Wednesday, October 15:  PUEBLO
  • Thursday, October 16:  AURORA
  • Friday, October 17:  FIRESTONE

Western Slope Area:

  • Thursday, October 23:  DELTA
  • Friday, October 24:  VAIL

Registration is open NOW! Be sure to sign up at least one week in advance. We hope to see you all there!