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Discussion Winter 2017 EAC: Week Three Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

Week of Tuesday, February 7

Send a handwritten invitation to a local elected official or staff person.

Our Week Two challenge was to make a phone call or in-person visit to a local official's office to introduce yourself, including the elevator speech you wrote during Week One.

This week, send a handwritten note to that same official inviting him/her to visit your community's library to see the great youth services work happening there.

Week of Tuesday, February 7

Send a handwritten invitation to a local elected official or staff person.

Our Week Two challenge was to make a phone call or in-person visit to a local official's office to introduce yourself, including the elevator speech you wrote during Week One.

This week, send a handwritten note to that same official inviting him/her to visit your community's library to see the great youth services work happening there.

Why a handwritten note? Given the large amount of phone calls and e-mails your elected officials receive, your personalized invitation on high-quality stationery is sure to stand out.

As part of your invitation, talk up the opportunity your elected official will have to talk with constituents and see firsthand the impact the library is making on kids and families.

Here's one idea: Suggest a day when an early learning program is happening at the library—and invite your elected official to read a story as part of it!

Next week, you'll engage with your community by inviting kids and grown-ups to share why they love your library and make sure that love gets noticed.

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Discussion Winter 2017 EAC: Week Two Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 02:54 pm

Week of Tuesday, January 17

Deliver your introductory elevator speech to a local elected official or staff person.

Last week, you wrote a brief elevator speech to help you introduce yourself to your library community's alderman, the town mayor, or local government staff member.

This week, your challenge is to try it out!

Week of Tuesday, January 17

Deliver your introductory elevator speech to a local elected official or staff person.

Last week, you wrote a brief elevator speech to help you introduce yourself to your library community's alderman, the town mayor, or local government staff member.

This week, your challenge is to try it out!

Make a phone call or in-person visit to a local official's office to introduce yourself, including the elevator speech you wrote last week in your remarks.

Consider taking the next step and asking to schedule an appointment or meeting with your new contact to talk about the importance of library service to children and families in your community.

Next week, you'll send a handwritten letter or note of thanks that includes an invitation to visit the library in your community!

Let us all know how it goes so we can start a great discussion about Week Two. Be sure to share your triumphs and challenges—we're waiting to cheer you on!

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Discussion Winter 2017 EAC: Week One Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 01:34 pm

Week of Tuesday, January 10

Write a brief elevator speech to introduce yourself to a local elected official.

With a new presidential administration about to take office, now's the perfect time to get to know your local elected officials.

Week of Tuesday, January 10

Write a brief elevator speech to introduce yourself to a local elected official.

With a new presidential administration about to take office, now's the perfect time to get to know your local elected officials.

This week, write a brief elevator speech—no more than a sentence or two—to help you introduce yourself to your library community's alderman, the town mayor, or local government staff members.

Use the the elevator speech infographic created by the ALSC Public Awareness Committee to learn the nuts and bolts of getting started.

Be sure to keep your audience in mind as you craft your message so your elevator speech resonates with him, her, or them.

Next week, you'll try out your elevator speech as part of an introduction you'll make by phone or in person! 

Post your elevator speeches here along with your successes and challenges so we can start a great discussion about Week One.

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Discussion Winter 2017 EAC: Cohort Introductions

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 02:09 pm

Good afternoon, Everyday Advocates!

Welcome to the Winter 2017 Everyday Advocacy Challenge (EAC). Thank you so much for being part of our first cohort of the year! So far we're 10 participants strong.

Please reply to this post to introduce yourself, sharing as much information as you care to with our colleagues. I'm sure everyone would like to know your name, library affiliation (if any), and why you decided to be a part of the Winter 2017 EAC. And be sure to let us know if you're a previous participant back for another go! 

Good afternoon, Everyday Advocates!

Welcome to the Winter 2017 Everyday Advocacy Challenge (EAC). Thank you so much for being part of our first cohort of the year! So far we're 10 participants strong.

Please reply to this post to introduce yourself, sharing as much information as you care to with our colleagues. I'm sure everyone would like to know your name, library affiliation (if any), and why you decided to be a part of the Winter 2017 EAC. And be sure to let us know if you're a previous participant back for another go! 

I look forward to working with all of you over the next four weeks so we can celebrate our successes and work through challenges together.

Jenna

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Discussion Summer 2016 EAC: Week Two Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:45 pm

Week of Tuesday, June 14

Send a handwritten thank-you note to one of your library's summer supporters.

For most of us, summer is a busy and hectic time, and we can't do it alone!

This week, send a thank-you note to a supporter who's helped make it possible for you to deliver an unforgettable experience for kids and families this summer.

Week of Tuesday, June 14

Send a handwritten thank-you note to one of your library's summer supporters.

For most of us, summer is a busy and hectic time, and we can't do it alone!

This week, send a thank-you note to a supporter who's helped make it possible for you to deliver an unforgettable experience for kids and families this summer.

Consider how a co-worker, library administrator, parent, teacher, community partner, local business owner, or elected offcial has made a difference by supporting your efforts.

Put your thoughts into a handwritten note that expresses your gratitude and includes a specific example of his/her impact. You'll make that person's day with your personal touch.

Cultivating relationships with our summer supporters is Everyday Advocacy in action!

Post your successes and challenges here so we can start a great discussion about Week Two.

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Discussion Summer 2016 EAC: Week One Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

Week of Tuesday, June 7

Talk up your community's summer library program with at least one stakeholder.

Everyday Advocacy helps you take small steps that make a big difference for the youth and families we collectively serve through libraries.

Week of Tuesday, June 7

Talk up your community's summer library program with at least one stakeholder.

Everyday Advocacy helps you take small steps that make a big difference for the youth and families we collectively serve through libraries.

This week, talk up the many ways libraries keep kids reading and learning throughout the summer months. We're not just talking public libraries here. School libraries and school librarians also champion summer achievement, and many partner with local public libraries to make out-of-school months awesome for kids and families!

Here are just a few starting points for talking up your community's summer reading program or summer learning challenge:

If you work in a public library, identify at least one stakeholder (e.g. a parent, a business owner, a park district administrator) whom you've not yet reached with your summertime elevator speech. Find that common ground and capitalize on it to show how you're both working to improve outcomes for youth in your community.

If you work in a school library, reach out to a stakeholder and talk up the ways summer library engagement helps students maintain and build their learning between school years. Instead of talking about "summer slide," try using the term "summer stride" to demonstrate how libraries help kids get a head start on the new school year.

Talking up the your community's summer library program is Everyday Advocacy in action!

Post your successes and challenges here so we can start a great discussion about Week One.

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Discussion Summer 2016 EAC: Week Three Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 12:15 am

Week of Tuesday, June 21

Help Dr. Carla Hayden become Librarian of Congress!

For the first time in more than 60 years, a librarian—Dr. Carla Hayden—is poised to become Librarian of Congress.

Dr. Hayden is just one vote away from confirmation, and she needs the majority of U.S. Senators (51 or more) to say "Yes!" when the vote takes place.

So how can you help Dr. Hayden?

Week of Tuesday, June 21

Help Dr. Carla Hayden become Librarian of Congress!

For the first time in more than 60 years, a librarian—Dr. Carla Hayden—is poised to become Librarian of Congress.

Dr. Hayden is just one vote away from confirmation, and she needs the majority of U.S. Senators (51 or more) to say "Yes!" when the vote takes place.

So how can you help Dr. Hayden?

Calle-mail, or tweet your U.S. Senators and let them know why Dr. Hayden is the best choice to lead the Library of Congress.

Visit the ALA Legislative Action Center for all the details on how you can reach your Senators with this important message.

Asking your U.S. Senators to confirm Dr. Hayden as Librarian of Congress is Everyday Advocacy in action!

Post your successes and challenges here so we can start a great discussion about Week Three.

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Discussion Spring 2016 EAC: Week Three Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 11:37 pm

Week of Tuesday, March 15

Champion the importance of school libraries and school librarians.

Everyday Advocacy helps you take small steps that make a big difference for the youth and families we collectively serve through libraries.

Week of Tuesday, March 15

Champion the importance of school libraries and school librarians.

Everyday Advocacy helps you take small steps that make a big difference for the youth and families we collectively serve through libraries.

This week, raise your voice in support of the critical ways school libraries and school librarians prepare students for success both in school and in life.

Here are just a few starting points:

If you work in a public library, reach out to a school library colleague and ask what you can do to support his or her efforts.

If you work in a school library, reach out to a parent, teacher, administrator, or your local public librarian to talk strategy (e.g. visiting the alderman's office or attending the next local school council meeting together).

Talking up the importance of school libraries and school librarians is Everyday Advocacy in action!

Post your successes and challenges here so we can start a great discussion about Week Three.

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Discussion Spring 2016 EAC: Week Four Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

Week of Tuesday, March 22

Submit the Share Your Advocacy Story webform.

Every day you're out there advocating in big ways and small for the importance of library service to children.

Now it's time to share your triumphs with other Everyday Advocates and inspire them to do the same!

Week of Tuesday, March 22

Submit the Share Your Advocacy Story webform.

Every day you're out there advocating in big ways and small for the importance of library service to children.

Now it's time to share your triumphs with other Everyday Advocates and inspire them to do the same!

This week, submit the Share Your Advocacy Story webform and give us a specific example of where and how you've found success—and with whom.

Brevity is A-OK. Even a few brief sentences or paragraphs can let us know how awesome you've been.

We'd love to publish your story in an upcoming issue of the Everyday Advocacy Matters e-newsletter, so we'll be sure to follow-up with you.

Sharing your advocacy story with colleagues and stakeholders is Everyday Advocacy in action!


Since many of you have already written an ALSC blog post with a specific way you've advocated, feel free to use this challenge to reflect on your overall EAC experience:

  • What did you find most valuable about the EAC?
  • What new muscles did you flex?
  • Of what EAC accomplishment are you proudest?
  • What inspired you to take the next steps in your advocacy journey?

Since writing a reflection for the April 2016 issue of the Everyday Advocacy Matters e-newsletter is part of your EAC commitment, I thought I'd give you the option of combining that component with our final Take Action Tuesday challenge. But feel free to submit the form twice if you'd like to complete this week's challenge separately from your reflection!

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Discussion Spring 2016 EAC: Week Two Challenge

by Jenna Nemec-Loise on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 09:38 pm

Week of Tuesday, March 8

Introduce Everyday Advocacy to a colleague.

Everyday Advocacy isn't just a one-person show!

This week, introduce Everyday Advocacy to a colleague who's unfamiliar with the initiative.

If you work in a public library, why not approach someone in a different department?

If you work in a school library, think about the administrators, teachers, and staff members who are always at the ready to support you.

Week of Tuesday, March 8

Introduce Everyday Advocacy to a colleague.

Everyday Advocacy isn't just a one-person show!

This week, introduce Everyday Advocacy to a colleague who's unfamiliar with the initiative.

If you work in a public library, why not approach someone in a different department?

If you work in a school library, think about the administrators, teachers, and staff members who are always at the ready to support you.

Be sure to talk up the Everyday Advocacy website, Take Action Tuesday blog, and seasonal Everyday Advocacy Challenges to pique your colleague's interest and invite his/her involvement.

Cultivating advocates within your own library helps secure the future of library service to children both in your community and beyond it!

By now you should have received the big brown envelope I sent containing three advocacy buttons and three Everyday Advocacy one-pagers. Use one of each in your efforts this week and gift them to your new colleague in Everyday Advocacy!

Post your successes and challenges here so we can start a great discussion about Week Two!

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Take the Everyday Advocacy Challenge!

Looking for a great way to activate your inner Everyday Advocate and motivate your colleagues to do the same? Then volunteer to be a part of our next Everyday Advocacy Challenge (EAC) cohort!

We’re looking for 10-15 participants to take the next four-week challenge from March 1-22, 2016.

Here’s the scoop on what we’ll be asking of you:

  • Commit to completing four consecutive Take Action Tuesday challenges on a designated theme.
  • Collaborate with your EAC cohort over the four-week period, sharing successes and troubleshooting issues via ALA Connect.
  • Write a post for the ALSC blog about your EAC experience.
  • Contribute a reflection for the April 2016 issue of the Everyday Advocacy Matters e-newsletter.

Interested? Awesome! Submit the challenge webform, and we’ll be in touch with all the details.

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