Library advocacy & lobbying – discussion topic for ILN #blogjune

I am linking up with the International Librarians Network with their discussion topic about Library advocacy for my third blogging in June (#blogjune) post.

The questions that needs answering:

Is there an library advocacy or lobbying campaign you’ve loved? What made it stand out for you? 

I love the #followalibrary yearly advocacy campaign on the 1 October. It was a bit quiet in 2013. Luckily it seems that the Twitter outreach this year, awakened by the International Librarians discussion topic about library advocacy and lobbying, has already taken up the challenge.

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#followalibrary on Twitter

A Facebook page for Followalibrary for this year has been created by Wilma van den Brink @wbk500 from Amsterdam, and she suggests that each upload a library shelfie #libshelfie for this year.

What are some examples of how you have been an advocate for libraries? How did it work out?

Social Media is one of the great new ways of advocating for libraries. The feedback from our own libraries active on social media is that it has given us a voice and has created awareness about our services.

What are 3 ways in which you think you could become a better advocate?

1. Getting more skilled with regards social media and advocacy practices, to use it to upgrade the library’s social media presence.

2. To always have a positive view on my own library services, and to have that elevator speech ready when asked about our jobs and our services.

3. Love what I do! (Even more, which I do!)

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