The current political and economic landscape dictates that public libraries have a formal plan for creating a local base of support. Creating that support is advocacy, and failure to do so could result in an inability to achieve your long-term goals.
Libraries are only one of the many public services competing for a finite pool of tax dollars. To do so effectively, you should turn to the most convincing spokespeople for your library's programs and resources—those you serve on a daily basis. Their stories and support are powerful, but using those positive feelings to benefit the library does not happen automatically. To assist libraries, we offer the "Speak Up for Your Library" campaign, through which people can sign up to lend their voice in times of need.
The resources below can be used to develop and/or enhance your library's advocacy efforts.