Practitioner strategies for effective advocacy engagement in the USA

BURNS, Elizabeth Ann (2014) Practitioner strategies for effective advocacy engagement in the USA. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2014 - Lyon - Libraries, Citizens, Societies: Confluence for Knowledge in Session 213 - School Libraries. In: IFLA WLIC 2014, 16-22 August 2014, Lyon, France.

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Abstract

Practitioner strategies for effective advocacy engagement in the USA

Increased defunding and destaffing of school libraries in public schools in the United States makes advocating for school library programs increasingly important. Practicing school librarians must develop an understanding of advocacy so they will know how and when to act for their program. Additionally, it is important to identify advocacy strategies so that strong advocacy plans may be developed. This study identifies the activities and practices of advocacy within the library programs of a group of practicing librarians. Findings suggest successful strategies of advocacy follow three themes: building awareness for the school library program, engagement of the librarian in the school culture, and building an indispensible program.

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