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ISBN: 1555702821Издательство: Neal-Schuman Publishers
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.