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Legislative Committee Pre-Conference
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March 30, 2016

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Photo of Brenda HoughTurning the Page: Library Advocacy in Action
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Registration Includes Lunch at 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Sponsored by Legislative Committee

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Session Description

Do you want to be a stronger advocate for your library?

Those of us who work in and for libraries know that libraries can help people transform their lives. In order to provide the crucial programs and services that people depend upon, however, libraries need support. In these uncertain economic times, advocacy is a critical skill. Library staff and leaders need to proactively demonstrate the many ways libraries are important to the communities they serve. Join us for this practical and highly interactive pre-conference workshop, designed to give librarians, library staff, trustees, and supporters the skills and confidence needed to advocate successfully on behalf of libraries. Tools and strategies to use for advocacy will be shared and participants will work to create effective advocacy messages and plans for their libraries and communities.

Session Objectives

At the end of this session. participants will be able to:

  • Define what advocacy is and why it is important for libraries
  • Use tools and strategies to advocate on behalf of their libraries
  • Create effective advocacy messages
  • Identify potential partners for library advocacy
  • Begin to develop an Advocacy Action Plan

Brenda Hough

Brenda Hough ( has been working in libraries for 20 years. She has delivered training and instruction for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, the Public Library Association, Infopeople, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, and many other libraries and organizations. She is a trained facilitator for Turning the Page 2.0: Supporting Libraries Strengthening Communities. Brenda lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her husband and six year-old son.

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