For anyone who’s attending PLA 2010 next March, there’s a great two day free advocacy training opportunity. Turning the Page: Building Your Library Community (scroll down to it for the description) is open to the first 200 people who check this option when registering for the main conference. I had the good fortune to take the training last year and it’s jam packed with ideas and methods for creating community alliances that will help your funding efforts and increase the library champions in your community.
If fighting for your budget in the current climate is getting you down, you’ll come out of this training raring to get back in the advocacy saddle. Just having this networking opportunity to hear how others have had success increasing funding and creating partnerships in their service areas is great, and then the course materials and presenters cap it off by really helping you discern your needs and formulate your strategies.
The training isn’t just for directors – anyone in a positon to advocate for the library should go – Friends, trustees, library staffers etc. will all benefit by attending.
Don’t hesitate or you’ll miss this chance to get reenergized – sign up for it today!