Advocacy for Libraries: In Our Own Interest

Presented by

Stephen Abram, MLS

About this talk

As promised at the event on Capitol Hill in D.C. at ALA Annual 2010, SirsiDynix and Gale Cengage Learning present a webinar on advocating for libraries. Advocacy has two main goals - to promote the library and to gain support, funding and endorsement of libraries' roles in our communities and society. Stephen Abram has been involved in both internationally for his entire career. This session will explore both tried and true methods as well as some of the emerging strategies that are gaining traction. As the world of information and technology changes rapidly, it is even more critical that libraryland positions itself well for the future. Libraries matter. About Stephen Abram Stephen Abram, MLS, is past-president 2008 of SLA and the past-president of the Canadian Library Association and Ontario Library Association. He currently serves as vice president for strategic partnerships and markets for Gale Cengage. Prior to Gale, he was vice president for innovation for SirsiDynix and chief strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was electronic information publisher at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours including the 2009 Roger Summit Award, and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook, Multimedia & Internet@Schools and OneSource. He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram and contributed to ALA's 2010 Boomers and Beyond. His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.

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