Your library collection, programmes and services make a difference every day for teachers, students, parents and whānau. Your advocacy should mention all the services and benefits your library provides to your school community. Letting people know about these positive effects send a powerful message about the value of your library.
The interactions you have with people are another opportunity for advocacy. Positive actions and conversations influence how others see and value your school library.
Collaborations and partnerships
Developing advocacy messages
Focus your messages on the library’s impact on students, rather than on the library or library staff. Tell your community how your school library:
- supports and enriches teaching and learning, with a focus on inquiry, reading and information literacy
- is an integral part of the social and cultural life of your school
- makes resources, technology, physical and virtual learning spaces available for your school community.
Purpose of the school library
Library guiding documents
Including evidence in your messages
Requests for funding or support for new initiatives can be more persuasive if backed up by evidence that shows a clear need. Support your advocacy messages with evidence such as stories, statistics or other data.
Evidence-based school library practice
Communicating your messages
Spread your advocacy messages widely so that they’re heard and taken into account by those making decisions about your library.
- Share them with staff, your principal, the board of trustees and members of the school community. This lays the groundwork for other people to become advocates for your library.
- Talk to people with influence — they're your potential champions, so they need to hear your key messages.
- Advocacy is an ongoing process, not a one-off effort. Use regular high-impact messages to help build a positive picture in the minds of your stakeholders.
- Use a variety of channels to share your messages, including face-to-face, electronic and print.
Use your annual report as an advocacy tool to build a positive picture of the library in the minds of your school community.