Registration is open for ACRL-MD’s Spring Program!
Academic Library Advocacy: Everyone’s an Advocate
April 3, 2020 at Towson University Northeastern Campus
8:30 AM – 12 PM
What do you think of when you think about “library advocacy?” While many libraries find themselves needing to connect with stakeholders such as legislators and voters, academic library advocacy is less likely to target these same groups. Academic library personnel routinely need to advocate for the library as an essential contributor to their college or university’s mission, in addition to advocating for their own unique functional role as an individual library worker. But this typically means advocating for themselves, their students and other campus community members, and their library with a wide variety of colleagues and administrators.
Coffee and light refreshments will be served as we explore what it means to be an “academic library advocate” from a variety of perspectives. Dr. Lucy Holman, University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and former Dean of Libraries at the University of Baltimore, will share an administrator’s perspective on current advocacy issues and methods. Participants will have the opportunity to begin crafting their own advocacy narrative tailored for their networks during activities throughout the day. We hope you will join us for an engaging event!
MLA Members $25
MLA Student/Retired/Unemployed/Friend $12.50
Call for Program Participation:
Do you practice every-day academic library advocacy? We’re looking for speakers to share experiences or projects that required advocating on behalf of yourself, your library or your students along with best practices or lessons learned. These lightning talks will be 5-7 minutes long followed by a brief Q&A.
To submit your interest in presenting, please fill out our Google Form. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2020.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. And please pass along this information to any colleagues who might be interested.