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From Advocate to Activist
June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Library leaders need a keen understanding of the emerging post-COVID social and political climate of their towns and cities in order to position their libraries for future funding success. This starts with the knowledge that funders are not always users — and that their decision to fund the library is not generally based on self-interest. Funders, whether elected officials or donors, are often motivated by compassion or pride, and they may be interested in evidence-based policymaking.
Librarians and library staff need to develop their “political literacy skills,” if they want to have the political and community support needed to increase funding. Join John Chrastka, executive director of the national political action committee EveryLibrary, for a closing general session that encourages us to reconsider our advocacy and activism models. He will help us reflect on what we have learned during the conference and will explore the strategies and tactics we need to get our new ideas funded and supported.
A VLA conference event. More info here!