April 24, 2018

Tammy Westergard | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Change Agents

In 2010, as deputy manager of the Carson City, NV, Office of Business Development, Tammy Westergard was exploring ideas for a property formerly occupied by the Nugget casino. At the same time, Carson City Library director Sara Jones was involved in a strategic planning process for a new downtown branch. The two joined forces, developing an ambitious public-private partnership for a 65,000 square foot library. Westergard, with no previous library experience, became deputy library director.

Robert J. Lackie, Advocating for the Advocates

While it’s not always part of the job description, trustees should think of themselves as marketers for their library. Advocacy is about more than just a positive attitude. Creative Library Marketing and Publicity: Best Practices, (Rowman & Littlefield, September 18), coedited by Robert J. Lackie and M. Sandra Wood, offers successful marketing campaigns and promotional methods from libraries of all types and sizes.

We Need Diverse Books Incorporates

The now-ubiquitous #WeNeedDiverseBooks (WNDB) hashtag and campaign has filed for incorporation in Pennsylvania, according to a WNDB blog post dated July 29.

University of Illinois and Freedom to Read Foundation Offer Intellectual Freedom Course

The Freedom to Read Foundation and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are joining forces to offer an online graduate-level course “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” for library and information science students around the country held August 26–October 10.

Launching a Dialogue About Sexual Violence in YA Lit—and in Real Life

Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.

Top Four Things Library Supporters Can Do To Make a Difference | Advocate’s Corner

If you work in a library, sell to a library, support a library, or have ever walked into a library, your life has been impacted by policymakers who often have no idea who you are or what you do for the community. Perhaps more important, they will continue to have no idea unless you tell them.

It’s Time To Fix Library Advocacy, Now! | Blatant Berry

The library profession’s advocacy efforts have had very little impact. Why we have not addressed this obvious problem more aggressively is a mystery. Of course, there have been some successes, especially at the local level. They have been good enough to show us that the great reservoir of public support for public libraries is still full and can be tapped. Still, the profession simply has not found a way to tap that public support to influence the political process.

Academic Librarians Could Be Better Lobbyists | From the Bell Tower

Some academic librarians are incredibly enthusiastic about lobbying for library funding and legislative causes. Just not enough of them. We all need to take this seriously. It’s easy to be cynical about politics. Just look at the lack of progress and legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C. The inability of our national leaders to accomplish anything […]