How does grassroots lobbying work? How can academic librarians help people and organizations find the information they need to effectively advocate and influence at all levels of government? PPIRS and ANSS will offer ALA attendees answers to these questions at a panel featuring knowledgeable organizers/advocates, as well as librarians who have provided resources and services to advocacy groups and individuals. Panel experts will discuss the mechanics/logistics of organizing and grassroots lobbying and how libraries provide the resources and services necessary to effectively make a case to government officials and agencies. Aliqae Geraci is Assistant Director, Research and Learning Services at Cornell University's Martin P. Catherwood Library. A former public librarian and labor union researcher, she is the co-author of Grassroots Library Advocacy. Darcy Gervasio is Coordinator of Reference Services at Purchase College Library. Her work supporting Occupy Wall Street serves as an example of how librarians can partner with the community to effect change. Participants in the program will leave with concrete information and ideas on how to support patrons interested in advocacy efforts. This program examines how librarians can help patrons in their own efforts to impact government and their communities.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ACRL,ACRL_ANSS,ACRL_PPIRS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.