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Stephen V. Del Vecchio
LIS 586
Seattle Campus

Public Libraries and Advocacy

Examines the purpose and role of public libraries in an information society. Includes governance, services, and planning with special emphasis on advocacy for the library and community.

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Public libraries provide a wide range of services and support those services with various of funding and governance models.

One thing that all public libraries have in common, especially in the United States where the funding is almost entirely both public and local, is the need for public library supporters and patrons to advocate for public library services and the resources needed to support those services. Unlike public schools and many other public services, public libraries are for the most part not mandated or supported fully in federal, state or local law.

We will explore public library advocacy by looking at the history, need and purpose of advocacy. We will also explore examples of advocacy efforts, as well as the structure, tools and techniques used to support those efforts. Underlying all of this we will keep in mind the need to fully understand the mission and role of the public library in the particular community it serves.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stephen V. Del Vecchio
Date: 03/30/2014