Exercise 1: Name three detrimental effects to a local community when a public library is closed.
Exercise 2: Find a Library Strategic Plan in Ireland or beyond for a library of any size. Identify three ways in which the strategic plan also advocates for the Library Service.
University of Manchester Library strategy.
Exercise 3: Name three ways in which you can demonstrate the impact and value of the library service that you work in or use.
Exercise 4: Identify three key people (name their role) outside of the library in the wider organisation/community that you need to network with in order to advance the development of the Library Service.
Exercise 5: Write down in 200 words or less an idea for Library Ireland Week for a library you work in or use.
Your Library - Your Search Engine
We know about information, we help people find what they want or need, we know lots of ways of searching for it, we know how to evaluate information, we care about quality, we have access resources beyond the free Web
Exercise 6: In your opinion what are the three best features of the My Library, By Right Campaign and why?
Exercise 7: In 200 words or less, describe a new area of librarianship that you are passionate about. How would you go about promoting it within the library that you work in and/or the wider library profession?
Research Support Ambassador
Librarians are perfect for this role, but we are rarely sought out by researchers. We need to increase the awareness and skill set of library staff to provide a high standard of researcher support. This can be done through a social media campaign with our library and the wider library profession; a coordinated marketing effort. Social media is one of best ways to engage with our users and our networks, spreading the word about our campaign, and encouraging the community to help spread the word.
Exercise 8: Choose an area of library practice that you feels requires debate.
Patron-driven model purchasing option for undergraduate students.
Exercise 9: Open up the ALA Frontline Advocacy Plan. Complete the plan for a real/fictional advocacy campaign.
1. What is your goal? (What are you trying to accomplish?)
2. What are your objectives? (Why is it important?)
3. What are your strategies? (the activities you’ll do to accomplish your goal)
4. What is your message? (15 words or less)
5. What data (or stories) support this message?
6. Who is your target audience?
7. Why should they care?
8. How are you going to reach them? What will be your best tools?
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