Library Advocacy Unshushed - University of TorontoedX
What you'll learn on the course
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How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential about libraries and librarians, today and tomorrow? How can library members and all who support the mission of 21st-century librarianship raise the profile and support of these timeless values and services, and ensure universal access to the universe of ideas in all our communities? This course is based on what works. We’ll take an inspired, strategic, evidence-based approach to advocacy for the future of strong communities – cities, villages, universities and colleges, research and development centres, businesses, and not-for-profits.
- Acquire insights on your own motivations, reflect on the principles of librarianship, and identify what’s at stake for libraries
- Employ key research relevant to advocacy for libraries: evidence on perceptions of libraries; values and assumptions of decision makers; and the dynamics of influence
- Consider and apply ways to exert influence and engage others
- Adopt a strategic perspective in planning for your advocacy
- Communicate more effectively, and develop and strengthen strategic relationships
- Plan and apply best practice to move an advocacy objective forward