I believe advocacy is hugely important. I also notice that it’s not something we, as library professionals, do often enough. As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m always talking about the library. We have so much cool stuff available for FREE and I don’t want anyone to miss out. I’ve even recruited others to help me. My roommate, who works in retail, now sells mp3 players by telling people the library has free downloadable audiobooks. My former coworker’s daughter improved her reading skills by participating in the Read to a Dog program and she raved about it on Facebook. I even had a man get a library card to impress me before our second date!
I’ve never participated in any formal advocacy efforts, although I have seen opportunities to do so through NLA and online. I plan to continue educating others on the value of library services through word-of-mouth advertising. The more people we tell about the library, the more people we can get excited about it, the better off we’ll be.