Getting Political: An Action Guide for Librarians and Library Supporters
Anne M. TurnerISBN: 1555702821;
In order to meet today's financial challenges, libraries must be ready, willing, and able to enter the arena of politics and compete for scarce public funding. Getting Political offers step-by-step guidance to librarians, library workers, trustees, and Friends organizations on evaluating the existing local political structure, galvanizing public support, and using aggressive political action to take control of--or at least influence--the process of government decision-making about libraries. Areas covered include targeting politicians, wannabees, and opinion leaders; recruitment and tactics; an advocacy training workshop; building strength through coalitions; using opinion polls; handling the media; personal community networking; and political advocacy in the small or isolated community. Full of practical advice and real-life case studies and examples, this empowering guide will help libraries continue to survive--and even thrive--as valued centers of their communities.
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