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Title:Layers of advocacy: How librarians everywhere can make a difference and lessons for LIS education
Author(s):Million, Anthony; Stewart, Kristine; Thompson, Kim; Braum, Heather; Wagner, Travis; Adkins, Denice; Smith, Lauren
Subject(s):Advocacy
Comparative librarianship
Education Lobbying
International librarianship
Abstract:Lobbying and advocacy are critical to the success of libraries, because they play a key role in communicating to decision-makers and communities why libraries are essential resources in an information-driven society. However, despite the importance of lobbying and advocacy to the profession, it is not always clear how library schools should teach about this aspect of librarianship. Taking an international, comparative approach, this panel discusses the complexities associated with lobbying and advocacy, as well as some challenges faced by LIS educators when teaching about the topic. To make teaching about lobbying and advocacy in LIS easier, six panelists with experience in a range of political, social, and cultural contexts will talk about issues such as: levels of government where lobbying takes place; varying definitions of advocacy, especially across countries with different traditions of librarianship; and the time frame in which lobbying and advocacy efforts take place. Panelist presentations will emphasize “lessons learned” that can be used to teach LIS students how to cultivate support for libraries. Using panelist presentations as a starting point, this panel will include a follow-up discussion about teaching advocacy in LIS. A primary goal of this panel is to identify powerful content for LIS curricula and instructional approaches that can support more effective advocacy. We will conclude by opening the door to audience participation with the purpose of integrating new ideas into the discussion.
Issue Date:2019-09-24
Series/Report:Education programs/schools
Political economy of the information society
Curriculum
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/105307
Sponsor:This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1822228
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-08-23


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