Driven by a commitment to public service and a motivation to make a difference, public sector library workers are often restricted from voicing their viewpoints simply because they work for a government entity or a public institution. Library funding, operating hours, and scope of service is often decided by our elected officials, yet most library workers find themselves excluded from these conversations. How can library workers navigate the restrictions on their First Amendment rights, have their voices heard, and offer solutions that will benefit our communities? Panelists will provide an overview of real life examples of how library workers, unions, and professional associations have advocated and campaigned for increased service hours, building and technology infrastructure improvements, and new funding measures.
ALA Unit/Subunit: RUSA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.